Liverpool are ready to step up their pursuit of Mario Gotze and prove they are serious rivals to Borussia Dortmund in the race for his £20million signature, the Daily Mail reports.
Gotze, who scored the goal that won Germany the World Cup in 2014 but has struggled to scale those heights under Pep Guardiola, will leave Bayern Munich this summer, a decision which incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti has given his seal of approval.
He has 12 months remaining on his contract and the feeling in Bavaria is that he will head back to Dortmund, where he emerged under Jurgen Klopp, as part of a team that won the Bundesliga and reached the Champions League final.
Klopp was distraught when Gotze left for Bayern in 2013 but he is a huge admirer of Gotze and will pull out all the stops in his attempts to secure a reunion with the gifted midfielder, who has already been capped 50 times by Germany.
Dortmund fans, however, have never forgiven Gotze for the way he left and relations between Dortmund and Bayern are fractious, given that Bayern have just completed the signing of Dortmund’s influential captain Matts Hummels.
Liverpool have an opportunity to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League next week and, should they do they achieve that target, their hopes of securing Gotze would dramatically improve.