Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mario Gotze for his ability and character, as the player prepares to leave his current club on a free transfer.
Klopp brought Gotze through from the youth academy at Dortmund, and speaking about the 28-year-old’s future, the Reds’ manager said he is hoping he gets regular game time at his next club:
“Mario will probably need a few games in a row. He needs a club that gives him the feeling that he doesn’t have to change the world in every game. Instead, Gotze has to just play normally and then play again and play again. Then I think we’ll see old Mario Gotze again.”
“That is obviously not possible in Dortmund at the moment with the quality that they have in the offensive area. It makes total sense that Mario leaves the club.”
“I couldn’t wish him more luck, to be honest. I think he is an exceptional player and also an exceptional character. I like him very much and wish him all the best.”
Although Klopp was reportedly interested in signing Gotze for Liverpool a few years back, it does seem unlikely that he’ll be in for him again this summer.
The German international, who is remembered for scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has struggled for form and fitness in recent years.
West Ham, Everton, Inter Milan and Napoli have all been linked with Gotze in recent months, with the midfielder aiming to get his career back on track when his contract at Dortmund expires later this month.