As quoted by Four Four Two, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze is an "extraordinary" talent, but refused to confirm or deny that he is interested in signing the playmaker.
Speculation has mounted that Gotze, who rose to prominence under Klopp during their time at Borussia Dortmund, has his heart set on a reunion with his former coach at Anfield this summer (The Guardian) after struggling at the Allianz Arena.
The 23-year-old dazzled in Germany's 4-1 friendly win over Italy on Tuesday night, scoring his nation's second goal on the 45-minute mark.
One German who will definitely join up with Klopp this summer is Schalke defender Joel Matip, and the 48-year-old manager is more than happy to discuss him, but refused to say too much on the Gotze rumours.
"I was pleased to hear that Mario put in a great performance for Germany on Tuesday," Klopp told reporters, via Four Four Two. "He is a player with extraordinary quality. He is trying to get fully fit again after a four-month spell on the sidelines due to injury.
"But that's all I can say about Gotze. I am happy to talk about [Joel] Matip or about other things, but not about whether Gotze is a target for Liverpool."
Pulling Gotze - whose Bayern contract expires next summer - to Anfield would be a major coup for Klopp, and a huge statement of intent for what the Reds aspire to achieve next season.
His career has undoubtedly stalled in recent years, through a lack of form and fitness, but he is a wonderful player and Liverpool fans would love to see him on Merseyside.