It's no secret that Liverpool are rumored to be interested in securing the services of Mario Gotze for next season. Ever since Jurgen Klopp joined the Merseyside club, there have been reports that "The Normal One" would try to convince the disgruntled German international to reunite with him in England.
While a reunion would make sense for both sides, Götze has been very non-committal, and there is concern in Liverpool that the 23-year-old may not join them after all. Goal.com is reporting that Liverpool have done everything in their power to appease Klopp and to get his former prodigy to Anfield. A source spoke on the record to them, saying:
"Liverpool have done absolutely everything in their power to make Gotze happen, throwing the kitchen sink at it,"
"If the deal doesn't happen, it won't be because of a lack of effort from them, but because the player decided to go elsewhere.
"They won't get beat in terms of a bid or a package as they're prepared to do whatever it takes to land him. He is taking a long time over giving them an answer though."
Apparently, there is speculation from the club that Götze was simply waiting to see if Liverpool would qualify for the Champions League with a win over Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday. Regrettably, Liverpool lost 3-1 after leading 1-0 at the break. To Klopp though, this won't be an issue for any player on his team.
"It is about pushing the train, not jumping on a running train. That is what we need here,"
"If somebody says: ‘But you don't play Champions League next year', then goodbye and thank you, have fun next year wherever you will be. We will find players or we have players already that will go our way."
In my opinion, missing out on one season of Champions League shouldn't deter Götze from moving to Liverpool, where he would likely be one of the first names on the team sheet, especially if Klopp can bring him back into form. Of course, a move away from Munich is anything but guaranteed, and he may just stay at Bayern and see if can break through under Carlo Ancelotti. Though many outlets have reported that Ancelotti has told Götze to move on as thing won't change under him, others have reported that Ancelotti has told the players they would all get chances to prove themselves to him during the summer.
One thing's for sure: It's set to be a very, very busy and important summer for Mario Götze.