Marco Reus and Christian Pulisic, to name just two, are some of the recent names that have filled the gossip columns, and that fans have been searching for, only to keep them where they are, or move elsewhere.
Another of these players is Mario Gotze.
Having already announced his decision to leave Dortmund at the end of his contract this summer, the future of the playmaker remains a subject of speculation and he will certainly have his observers interested during the last weeks of the Bundesliga season while German football resumes after forced suspension. in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, ties to the German midfielder, who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final six years ago, but who have since suffered injuries, poor health and bad shape, have resurfaced, speculation about a meeting of Jurgen Klopp may be on the table.
Many would have laughed at the idea initially: at the age of 27, with high wages and with injury problems dating back several years, Gotze hardly seems to be an obvious target.
But speaking on a special Blood Red podcast, Bundesliga commentator and German football expert Kevin Hatchard explained why a deal might not be as improbable as it sounds.
He said: “He’s a player that Klopp has always loved – he worked with him when we saw the best of Gotze, when Dortmund was at the peak of his power.
“Gotze should know that he is not a guaranteed starter.
“If he wants to go to a club where he is a guaranteed starter, Liverpool is not the club for him, but if he wants to connect with a coach he knows to trust him, then Liverpool is an option.
“Only Gotze knows what he really wants from his next move. “
Links to another surprise signature last summer also add some context to any potential deal, while Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri could leave a gap in the team at Gotze.
Hatchard added: “Shaqiri is a very talented player and we have seen games – like Manchester United – where he has pulled pieces of magic out of nowhere.
“If Shaqiri were to leave, that would leave space for this type of X-Factor player – someone to provide lavish skills without relying on them to play 30 games per season. “
“It’s a void Gotze could fill, but it depends on his expectations – not just the salary, but the playing time.”
“Liverpool were very closely linked to Max Kruse before traveling to Turkey from Werder Bremen.
“What that shows you is that Klopp is really interested in having one or two of these guys who are unpredictable. “
Shaqiri has barely appeared for the Reds so far this season, with the club placing a price of around £ 28 million on its head before the summer transfer window.
Gotze will be available to provide a free transfer after confirming that he will leave Dortmund at the end of his contract.
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Klopp was heartbroken when Gotze left Dortmund for Bayern during his time at Signal Iduna Park, only to have Gotze fight for playing time and return to Dortmund in 2016, a year after the departure of the German coach.
Speculation that Gotze may bond again with the man who has made the most of him will likely only grow until the German international announces a final decision on his next destination.