Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze may be on his way to Liverpool in the summer after being disillusioned in Munich. The midfielder has made only nine starts all season and is desperate to have a fresh start in order to get his season back on track.
The Mirror reports that Gotze is willing to re-unite with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield under whom he played the best football during his time in Borussia Dortmund. He has fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola and despite the Spaniard set to leave in the summer, Gotze is unwilling to extend his contract with the Bavarians which expires in just over 12 months. Carlo Ancelotti is set to take over after Guardiola's exit with the former Barcelona manager having confirmed his decision to move to Manchester City.
Klopp is likely to be given a sizeable war chest to spend in the summer and Gotze's availability would come as a major boost for the Merseyside club, who are in the market for another creative player like Philippe Coutinho. Gotze can play across the front three or as a No 10, giving Klopp some much needed options in attack. He will also bring a lot of experience to the side, having won the World Cup with Germany.
Bayern are likely to price Gotze in the range of £30m ($43m) but with the new TV money kicking in this season, it is unlikely to be a major cause for concern at Liverpool, who will also be looking to eject Christian Benteke from the squad, as he has struggled to get into the good books of the manager. Atletico Madrid have expressed interest in taking the Belgian off Liverpool's hands and the Merseyside club may listen to offers from other clubs before making a decision.
However, Liverpool's absence from the Champions League may pose a problem in attracting top talent, something that Klopp's men still have an opportunity to remedy before the end of the season. The Reds are currently seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City and can also qualify for the biggest club tournament in Europe by winning the Europa League, where they have to face Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals.