Just in case anyone was wondering whether May and not April might be the cruelest month, today Germany's World Cup winning manager weighed in on the future of the baby-faced assassin many Liverpool fans hoped would reunite with Jürgen Klopp on Merseyside, confirming that he, too, has had telephone conversations with Liverpool target Mario Götze.
It's day 8 of Germany's pre-Euro training camp, and apparently that means it's time for a press conference. Speaking at the lovely Chateau de Camiole in Provence, Joachim Löw made it clear that like Klopp, he too has Goetze's phone number, has "been in constant contact with Mario," and that the player was gracious enough to keep Lowe "informed all the time." Further, Lowe confirmed that it was Don Ancellotti himself that played a pivotal role in dashing the hopes of Liverpool fans.
"He had a long talk with Ancelotti and I think a few falsities were said about that," Löw told reporters, "but a coach can never give a guarantee and he told Mario that everybody starts from scratch from the start of the season under him. He told me he wants to stay in Munich and take his chance with the new coach and I think that's a fine decision because it's what his feeling tells him to do, so it's the right decision for him."
Whether Goetze will find his playing time affected this summer from lack of reps at the Allianz is a separate question, and perhaps a lack of seeing the pitch in the coming weeks will provide Reds fans with some small sliver of hope to hold onto through August.
In news that this author finds particularly depressing, multiple sources reporting Löw's comments also saw fit to throw in German legend Lothar Matthaus' thoughts, which amounted to why would he join a club that do not even play in the Champions League?
While many Reds - this one included - are spinning last Wednesday's loss as a potential blessing in disguise for next year's league form, there is no denying the lack of European football will make it harder for Klopp to recruit some of his top targets. One hopes that Klopp has a few more numbers in his Rolodex.