Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on the outgoing Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze, opening the door for a possible reunion
Gotze broke onto the big scene under Klopp at the Signal Iduna Park, making a name for himself at Dortmund before switching away to Bayern Munich in 2013.
Although he returned to his boyhood club in 2016, the 28-year-old has never managed to replicate his old form again and is now on the bring of leaving North Rhine-Westphalia.
Since Gotze lost his place in Lucien Favre’s starting eleven and tumbled down the pecking order, Dortmund have opted not to renew his contract that runs out in the summer.
Before rejoining the Bundesliga giants, the German attacking midfielder was linked with a move to Liverpool, with Klopp reportedly looking to reunite with his former protégé.
Often troubled by injuries and a lack of first-team action, Gotze has lost his household status, but Klopp is adamant the man who brought Germany the World Cup title can revive his career.
“Everyone in the business knew that his contract was expiring. If things have not been settled a year in advance, there are some indications that it is coming to an end,” the famous manager told Sky Germany, as relayed by the Daily Star.
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“He knows me very well and that I am always looking for new challenges.”
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“Mario will probably need a few games in a row. He needs a club that gives him the feeling that he doesn’t have to change the world in every game.
“Instead, Götze has to just play normally and then play again and play again. Then I think we’ll see old Mario Götze again.
“That is obviously not possible in Dortmund at the moment with the quality that they have in the offensive area.
“It makes total sense that Mario leaves the club. I couldn’t wish him more luck, to be honest.
“I think he is an exceptional player and also an exceptional character. I like him very much and wish him all the best. ”
AC Milan, Roma, and several clubs from MLS have recently been linked with a move for Gotze, who still has a lot to offer to football if the right opportunity presents itself again.