German striker would be ready on a free transfer this summer for Liverpool

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We’re all used to highly praised prospects not living up to their early hope, but Mario Gotze did actually look like one of the best players in European football for a while.

He earned a significant transfer to Bayern Munich and scored the winning goal in a World Cup final, but then things started to go wrong. He had some fitness and injury issues that finally saw him return to Borussia Dortmund, but he’s never re-established himself as the critical player since returning.

He still performs regularly, but it’s often from the bench, and a recent report from Talksport has seemed at his future after indicating that he would be available on a free transfer this summer.

A reunion with Jurgen Klopp is a secure link to make, the Liverpool boss was his manager during Mario Gotze’s best playing days at Dortmund, and the report states that the two have kept in contact ever since.

They also suggest that a potential transfer to Liverpool in the summer shouldn’t be ruled out. It would be an interesting one as his shortage of athletic ability might influence him in Jurgen Klopp’s high pressing style, but he’s done it before.

Perhaps he wouldn’t be a key player if he made a move, but he could still have a significant impact in certain spots and provide some depth to the midfield.

It’s easy to forget that winning goal versus Argentina when he came off the bench, but that’s something he could bring to Anfield regularly if he did sign.