Path clear for Liverpool to sign top target after club director makes admission

Ilkay Gundogan

Liverpool have been given major encouragement in their bid to sign top January transfer window target Ilkay Gundogan.

The German midfield playmaker, dubbed 'the Creator', has been linked with a move to Liverpool since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp.

Gundogan hinted he could be interested in a potential move to Anfield during a recent interview with the German newspaper Bild saying: “They have a good team, a great coach."

The 25-year-old worked under and won the Bundesliga with Klopp while the new Reds manager was at Borussia Dortmund.

'We'll talk with him in due time'

And they could be reunited in January after Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told Bild his club are yet to open new contract talks with the coveted star, as also reported by Turkish Football.

“Ilkay is one of our key players," Zorc told Bild.

"We’ll talk with him in due time on the future, but we still have a little time.

“If it was up to me, I would always insist only on long-term contracts.

"But then, Ilkay Gundogan would possibly for years no longer play here.”

Gundogan factfile

The exciting box-to-box star is capable of playing anywhere in the midfield and has a contract with Klopp's old club until July 2017.

Dortmund are likely to make a hefty profit on a player they signed for just under £3million from 1. FC Nürnberg in 2011.

Gundogan helped Dortmund to the double in his first season and then runners-up in the Champions League, scoring in the final.

2011 proved to be a good year for him as he made his senior international debut for Germany in 2011 and was part of the squad which reached the semi-finals of Euro 2012.

He missed the whole of 2014 through injury including the Brazil World Cup which his fellow countrymen went on to win.

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