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Joachim Löw: Götze Needs Confidence

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The man Götze needs to impress the most to keep his place in the national team explained how Liverpool's reported top target can return to his very best.

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Liverpool might not have Champions League to offer players, but at least there presence of Jürgen Klopp will ensure that players will consider any offer to join him seriously. The status and success of Klopp in his homeland will provide Liverpool with a significant advantage in securing any reasonable targets who are either German or happen to play their trade in the Bundesliga. Klopp's top target this summer is widely believed to be Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Götze.

Klopp and Götze's shared three full seasons together at Borussia Dortmund, winning the Bundesliga twice, winning the DFB-Pokal, and reaching the Champions League final. The thrilling leadership from Klopp combined with the superstar displays from a teenager captured imaginations across Europe. Both were and still are a big deal. Despite his struggles at Bayern, Götze would be an enormous coup for Liverpool. For those asking how Liverpool could attract the player without European football, Joachim Löw -- manager of the German national team -- might have the answer.

Generally, I say sometimes a change can be freeing, a new environment, new challenges, and new stimulus. Look out at the development of Toni Kroos, he was also at the top in Bayern, but in Madrid he has yet again made a leap. What Mario needs is confidence and he needs a coach who wants to have him in his team.

For those who like to keep track, Götze turns 24 next month. Löw's words might provide further hope that a deal can be done in the near future, because which other manager knows the player's talents better than the one who nurtured them? Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, and Mamadou Sakho have shown that Liverpool is a fine destination for talented players who weren't appreciated as they should have been at other big clubs in Europe. While there are other clubs that would provide similar opportunities, the platform and the manager are in place for Götze to shine at Anfield.