Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has revealed he still speaks to Jurgen Klopp “often” amid talk of a reunion between the pair at Liverpool.
Gotze’s former Dortmund teammate Kevin Grosskreutz recently tipped Gotze to leave Dortmund and work with Klopp again following a mixed second spell at Westfalenstadion.
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- Gotze initially left Dortmund for Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013 before scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final for Germany a year later.
- While that goal was the pinnacle of his career, Gotze struggled at Bayern and returned to Dortmund for the 2016/17 season.
- He has been in and out of the Dortmund team with injuries and inconsistent performances since then, although his recent form has improved during the team’s title push.
- The German’s contract expires next summer so Dortmund may decide to cash in or risk him running his deal down.
- Gotze has scored four goals and provided six assists in 19 Bundesliga appearances this term.
Gotze has now revealed he spoke to Klopp, who had joined Liverpool in the months prior, when he was thinking about leaving Bayern in the summer of 2016.
The 26-year-old also confessed he still speaks to Klopp now.
“He [Klopp] knew that I wanted to leave Bayern. Of course, we talked. He knows me very well and that I am always looking for new challenges,” Gotze told German outlet Bild.
“I often speak to Klopp. He brought me to the first team when I was 17 and he made it all possible. We never stopped talking.”
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Gotze: Guardiola and Klopp “difficult to compare”
During his career, Gotze has played under the two managers currently battling it out for the Premier League title with Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.
Gotze worked with Guardiola at Bayern and Klopp at Dortmund but says it is hard to compare the two vastly different coaches.
He added: “They are difficult to compare because they pursue different philosophies. The fact is that both are extremely successful.
“I am grateful to have worked with two such outstanding coaches. I watch the games of both teams as often as possible, the title fight in the Premier League is extremely exciting.”