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Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze has refused to rule out a move to Anfield in the near future, but insisted that there has been no contact from Liverpool. The German is currently out injured from the Bayern side where he has lost his place as a regular and a move to the Premier League in a bid to rekindle his relationship with Jurgen Klopp looks a possibility.
Sport Bild suggests that Bayern could be tempted by a bid in the range of €45m (£34m, $49m) but a move in January seems a distant possibility, given that the player is said to be unavailable till February, which is after the completion of the winter transfer window. Klopp is not in a position to bet on an injured player, given the current crisis at Anfield, where they have 13 players out from the first team, with seven suffering from hamstring injuries.
Their 2-2 draw against Exeter City had Christian Benteke as the only senior player in the starting XI, alongside the out-of-favour Luis Enrique and Klopp has revealed that he will put his faith in the youngsters yet again in the replay at Anfield later this month. Gotze would be a massive boost for Klopp in his bid to finish in the top four in his first season at the club, but may have to wait until the summer for the transfer to go through.
When asked if he was willing to work again under Klopp, Gotze said: "I'm under contract here until 2017. We will see what happens. No one has contacted me yet," as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
However, he dismissed talk of a move in January, but things may change quickly if the Reds come in with a bid before the end of the transfer window.
"I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter," said Gotze. "I don't know where the rumours about Klopp and me are coming from. I have not heard anything. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me.
"I have six nice months ahead of me. It is always annoying when you cannot play and cannot help the team. It is only normal that you think about things like that. But you have to look at the positives and build on those."
Liverpool are currently going through an injury crisis, with all of their first choice central defenders out injured, bringing them down to their bare bones ahead of a crucial clash against Arsenal in the middle of the week. To add insult to injury, they are also missing the likes of Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings in attack, with none likely to be fit for the game against the table toppers on 13 January.