Just two days after Mario Gotze told Goal that he would be up for a reunion with his former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, the 2014 World Cup winner has indeed been linked with a move to Merseyside – but not the club you might expect.
Sky Sports sensationally reports that Liverpool’s bitter rivals Everton hold an interest in the man who calls Klopp his ‘footballing father’. Gotze missed most of last season through a metabolic disorder and, barring a few moments of class, has somewhat disappointed since returning to Dortmund in 2016 after an underwhelming stint at Bayern Munich.
With Arsenal, West Ham, Marseille and Valencia also allegedly interested, Sky Sports adds that Dortmund would be keen to recoup the £22 million they paid Bayern two summers ago.
And Everton’s ambitious interest is made all the more intriguing when you consider what Klopp said about his one-time wonder-kid back in November 2017.
"Best player I’ve ever coached?" Klopp told Soccer Laduma, via the Mirror. "Mario Gotze. He was unbelievable."
Now 26, Gotze made a remarkable breakthrough under Klopp eight years ago at the Signal Iduna Park, drawing comparisons with one Lionel Messi for his mesmeric dribbling ability as Dortmund won two Bundesliga titles and reached the Champions League final, where they would lose to his future club Bayern Munich.
And it will be interesting to see whether Klopp can resist the prospect of working with Gotze again as neighbours Everton reportedly plan one of the summer’s most eye-catching moves.