Germany coach Joachim Low has urged Mario Gotze to first talk to incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti before leaving for Liverpool.
Gotze has played just five Bundesliga matches this season, with Bayern boss Pep Guardiola leaving him frozen on the bench even after he had returned from a hamstring injury.
The German has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool since the day his former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool.
“I had a talk with him last night about his situation at Bayern Munich and we decided he would play against Italy in Munich next week,” said Low.
“We had great talks about his situation and there will, of course, be a new coach in Bayern next season so the first thing he should do is talk to the new coach.”
The 23-year-old has previously worked with Klopp during the pair’s time together at Borussia Dortmund, winning Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12.
Under the current Liverpool manager, that time Gotze undoubtedly enjoyed the best football of his career so far, and but struggled since moving to Bayern Munich.
Signed by the Bavarian giants slightly before the appointment of Pep Guardiola back in 2013, Gotze hasn’t been able to cement a berth in the starting eleven under the Catalan hero.
And according to the Sunday Mirror, the Germany international now keen to make a move to Merseyside in order to realise his enormous potential.
A report from Sunday Mirror also claims that Klopp would be very receptive to the idea, with Gotze refusing to sign a new contract with Bayern Munich.
However, his Bayern would want a transfer fee of around £30 million, the source claims – a figure which would rank Gotze as the third-most expensive player in Liverpool’s history.
The enigmatic playmaker’s lack of form this season hasn’t been helped by injury, with Gotze having featured in only eight Bundesliga games. He has scored one goal across those fixtures, whilst picking up a respectable tally of three assists.
In his most recent outing – a 5-0 victory over Werder Bremen – Gotze made five touches in the opposition 18-yard box and fired two shots on target.
Meanwhile, German outlet TZ claimed Liverpool’s potential summer move to reunite Mario Gotze with his former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp could be in jeopardy as Arsenal have joined the race to sign him.
Arsene Wenger thinks Gotze is capable of filling several roles in his squad that are already being underperformed by the likes of Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud and Wenger feels he misses a killer striker in the squad.