A winter transfer window of relative abstinence has done little to convince rumour writers that Jurgen Klopp isn’t planning a mad summer of shopping at Liverpool.
Red tops were unanimous in their belief that the German would smash the Anfield piggy bank in January and take the golden innards back to his homeland with the purpose of essentially recreating his Borussia Dortmund team on Merseyside.
Unsurprisingly, this presumption proved to be completely bogus, but it hasn’t deterred the same sources from jumping to the same conclusion ahead of the off-season.
This morning’s papers depict an EPIC BATTLE between Liverpool and Manchester United as the two mortal enemies court out-of-favour Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze.
Having signposted the path to superstardom for the World Cup winner when they were both under Dortmund’s employment, Klopp’s connections have undoubtedly fuelled the hopes of speculative Reds supporters that they might actually pull the deal off.
But at £30m, is he worth it?
Being unable to get in the Bayern team is by no means the mark of a bad player, but Gotze has been unable to command a single start since recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in October, despite being back in contention for a month.
Even before the setback he was hardly a regular, starting just six matches across all competitions this season.
If Die Roten considered the 23-year-old amongst the world elite, they’d not only play him a bit more, but they wouldn’t have allowed his contract to run as close to its 2017 expiration date as they have done.
His qualities are no doubt sufficient to make him a star at Liverpool, but Gotze’s expensive acquisition would surely spell the end for the incumbent Anfield number 10: Philippe Coutinho.
A terrace favourite, the diminutive Brazilian would either have to be sold or switch position to facilitate his German counterpart’s ingratiation into the XI.
Seeing the loyal Coutinho axed simply to accommodate a new signing would sting for a while, but fans would likely get over their disappointment if they knew they had a superior replacement on the books for the long term.
With Gotze’s ditching of Dortmund and Klopp for Bayern proving he isn’t prepared to allow sentiment to stand in his way when there’s a bigger, better contract to be signed, Liverpool don’t have this reliance, which ultimately makes the gamble a foolish one.