The British press is crackking with rumors of an impending re-union between Liverpool Coach Jürgen Klopp and Bayern Munich’s disaffected midfielder Mario Götze this summer, as the German boss looks to bolster his squad in the summer ahead of the new campaign. Klopp nurtured the development of the young Götze, helping become a star contributor to Dortmund’s success before the 23 year-old signed with Bayern Munich ahead of the 2013/2014 season.
Honoured as “one of the best talents Germany has ever had”, by Bayern München sporting director Matthias Sammer, the glowing midfield magician could write a new chapter for the Reds, should he swap the Bundesliga for the Barclays Premier League.
A step in the right direction going forward should we say. The World Cup wizard, who scored the winning goal in the final in Brazil back in 2014 after beating Argentina, has suffered a frustrating time in Bavaria of late.
Born in Memmingen, the playmaker who began his time at Dortmund as a youth player in 2001 is seen as future Ballon d’Or winner. The fact is, his style would be a key part in what Klopp is trying to create at Liverpool. Under his former manager Klopp, the young, creative attacking midfielder played a huge part in Dortmund’s previous title successes and was a linchpin in the middle of the midfield. Unpicking locks under pressure against crowded defences is a specialty element to his game.
After breaking in to the side at Dortmund he showed why German football has found a rare and immense talent. His flare, technical awareness and composure on the ball was evident to those in the Yellow Wall.
His €37 million transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013 was a surprising one. Becoming Guardiola’s first signing; he became German football’s most expensive transfer, until Mesut Özil joined Arsenal. Klopp claimed Götze wanted to work under the stewardship of tactician Guardiola, using that as the reason for his departure. His career at the Bundesliga champions has never really taken off. Spaniard Guardiola hasn’t gambled or given him the chance he would have wanted, and of course he’s struggled with injury, also.
The fact is, he needs to be playing week in week out to look sharp and avoid looking sluggish on the pitch. He needs an arm around him, which Klopp will give him. It would also help him to get back to his best – a reunion with his former mentor? Being a versatile player he can play on either the left or right wing, attacking midfield role as well as the false nine position. His blistering pace, dribbling skills, tenacious tackling and play making capabilities has seen him become one of the best young players in world football. He has made just 12 appearances in this campaign, netting four times and making two assists. Despite his glowing CV at such a young age – the “German Messi” is determined to continue his development.
So just where would he fit in at Liverpool?
Klopp’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation would be the perfect option for Götze. The Reds’ could continue to use shining star Roberto Firmino as a lone front man. He has made 37 appearances in all competitions to date, scoring nine goals while providing nine assists. Some of Liverpool’s best displays have come when the 23-year old Brazilian has played at the tip of the attack. He impressed in the 4-1 win over Manchester City and is adapting more to playing in England game by game. Moving Firmino would mean Götze would sit next to Coutinho. As the jury is still out on Benteke, moving Firmino could be a shrewd decision. As Götze can play on the flanks, he can get between the lines of the fullbacks and get forward – this would also help Sturridge. James Milner, the two Brazilians and Jordan Ibe are options but Milner, Coutinho and Firmino like playing through the middle, so he could fit in there.
At 23, despite being the scorer of a World Cup winning goal and 65 more for Dortmund and Bayern, Götze’s confidence has been down. Who best to restore that world-beating feeling than Kloppo, and when restored, his talent would rub off on the rest of the Anfield squad. Could Klopp secure his services?
According to Götze, he and his former mentor do communicate occasionally. “We are texting now and again,” Götze told German television station ZDF recently. “He was my coach at Borussia Dortmund, but there is nothing special.” Asked if he and Klopp had discussed a future together at Liverpool, Götze simply answered “No.” The midfielder continued on the subject of his future. “It hinges on many factors. Everything else will show in the future. We are still in the current season but, sure, it’ll be important what the new coach thinks.”
It is anticipated that Liverpool will allow Klopp a wide swath in spending in the summer transfer window, as he molds the Liverpool squad he inherited into his own. The huge TV money earned by the BPL will provide the treasure chest that Klopp and his fellow BPL coaches and sporting directors can spend.
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