LONDON. — Jurgen Klopp is closing in on a German double that will bring a world class talent to Anfield. Liverpool manager Klopp believes he is in pole position to land Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze, despite massive interest across Europe in the man who scored the winning goal in the World Cup soccer final.
Gotze has privately indicated he wants to join Liverpool.
There is growing confidence at Anfield they will land the high class 23-year-old — and that is matched by a belief they can also bring Germany left-back Jonas Hector to the English Premier League.
Gotze is frustrated at Bayern Munich and has made it clear to his close circle of friends that he wants to play under Klopp again.
Klopp first nurtured Gotze’s talent at Borussia Dortmund, where he becamea world star.
Gotze and Klopp combined to win two Bundesliga titles as well as finishing runners-up in the Champions League.
Bayern Munich swooped to sign him for £29m in 2013 and he went on to net the winning goal in the World Cup final a year later.
But since then Gotze’s stock has fallen.
The attacking midfielder has made only seven Bundesliga appearances this season, three of which have come from the subs bench. The 23-year-old recently revealed he had already been in contact with Klopp.
He told German television station ZDF: “We are texting now and again.
“He was my coach at Borussia Dortmund, but there is nothing special.”
Gotze has a year remaining on his current Bayern contract. Liverpool believe they can snap him up for between £15m and £20m.
When quizzed on his future, Gotze said: “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.” Carlo Ancelotti will replace Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola as Bayern boss at the end of the season. Klopp sent two representatives to watch Cologne defender Hector playing for his country against England at the weekend, after monitoring his progress in establishing himself as his nation’s first choice.
But it is Gotze who will excite and inspire the Kop faithful, after the winger suggested recently he would love a move to the English Premier League, and indicated he would like to play again under his former Dortmund boss. — The Mirror.