In the summer of 2013 Jürgen Klopp said:
“He’s leaving because he’s Guardiola’s favourite. If it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine. I can’t make myself shorter and learn Spanish.”
He was referring to the departure of Mario Götze, with Klopp desperate to keep his rising star. But Mario Götze wanted nothing more than to leave Borussia Dortmund in 2013. He wanted to play under Pep Guardiola. He chose one of the biggest clubs in the world and started to struggle. It has not really worked out in Munich for Götze.
He never felt the needed love in Munich, which is necessary for the shy German to perform on the biggest stages. But he could not just go back to where everything was fine. Mario Götze did not perform hugely well during the last year due to injuries and a competitive situation in Munich. Nobody really believes that he will be able to earn a permanent place in the Bayern-line-up. He’s had chances, but he simply couldn’t perform in a tough world-class club. It is obvious that Götze is a player who needs to be treated more with kid gloves. He is very sensible and it’s fair to say that the 23 year-old never quite arrived in Munich. Now it seems to be the time for a change and the perfect destination for Götze seems to be Liverpool.
Klopp’s reaction on Götze’s decision to leave Dortmund is still remarkable.
He said, back in 2013
“It was like a heart attack,”
“No chance, I cannot speak, it’s not possible to take me out tonight”
This clearly demonstrates the bond between the duo. Götze was the symbol of Klopp’s time at Dortmund. The new style of football, the gegenpressing and the youthful side are all connected to the world-cup winner. Klopp and Götze’s strong relationship is an obvious positive for a potential reunion. Götze is proven under Klopp, he knows how to gegenpress and how to play under Klopp. Klopp knows how to treat the player right and cares about him on and off the pitch. He is maybe the only manager to push Götze to his limit and maybe the only one to bring Götze back to his Dortmund performances.
Götze is a fantastic player and it would be great for the club to sign him. He would be the first world class player the club have signed since Luis Suarez and it’s not necessary to point out his strengths because they should be known. With one year remaining on his contract, he is available for a cheaper price. It is a signing that makes sense. His excellent technical ability could also see him work well with the likes of Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge, and would give Liverpool more options at the top end of the pitch.
A quick view on Mario Gotze from German fan Sefendo