Last summer, Liverpool tried to sign Mario Götze as Jürgen Klopp looked to reunite with the attacking prodigy whose rise he had overseen at Borussia Dortmund but who has since seen his career stall. Instead, Götze ended up back at Dortmund. The results have not been what anyone would have hoped.
That in turn has led to a rash of talk that Götze could, a year on, finally end up reuniting with Klopp. Only this time around, rather than Klopp and Liverpool being the ones going to the player with hat in hand and having to convince him to pick them, Götze would need to work to win Klopp back over.
Götze is now 24 years of age, and his return to Dortmund has seen him continue to struggle. If anything, he looks worse now at the club he developed at than he did at Bayern Munich. He has made just 11 Bundesliga appearances, played less than eight and a half games in minutes, and has a goal and an assist.
Those aren’t world class returns, or anything close to it, and his play has been as uninspiring and uninspired as his return. Currently, he’s sat out with a mysterious “metabolic disorder.” According to Goal and others, though, Klopp remains a fan of the player whose career he once guided.
Götze, though, would have to signal his desire to make the move before Liverpool would consider him, and the player would have to take a pay cut to signal the seriousness of his intent to reunite with Klopp and to buy into the manager’s current project at Anfield. In short, maybe don’t get your hopes up.