After Franz Beckenbauer, former Germany international Thomas Strunz urges Mario Gotze to join Liverpool

Mario Go╠łtze, Germany National Football Team

Former Germany international Thomas Strunz has advised Mario Gotze to snub the advances of Borussia Dortmund and join Liverpool instead.

Having been relegated to a fringe player this season Mario Gotze is widely expected to be leaving Bayern Munich, and it has been reported that Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool are currently locked in a head-to-head battle to sign the German international.

As Gotze has only 12 months remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena, Bayern are believed to be keen on cashing in on the midfielder for around £20million and now the 23-year-old has a huge decision to make regarding which club to join in the summer.

Bayern Munich honourary President Franz Beckenbauer had recently urged Gotze to follow Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool and now another former German international, Thomas Strunz, has gone on to give the same advice to the World Cup winner.

Speaking to SPORT1, Strunz stated that a return to Dortmund would be too much pressure on Gotze’s shoulders and explained that Liverpool would be a better environment for the Bayern man to flourish once again.

The 48-year-old said: "I would not advise him to return to Dortmund, because I believe that the expectations would be too big and that climate was not good for him. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are the better destination.”

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