German forward open to a move to Liverpool to link-up with his mentor Jurgen Klopp

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Mario Gotze is set to depart Borussia Dortmund in the summer and appears open to a transfer to Liverpool to link-up with his mentor Jurgen Klopp.

The 27-year-old forward’s contract at Borussia Dortmund expires at the end of the season and, although the club are interested in renewing his agreement, the player is thought to be after a new challenge.

That new challenge could be at Anfield where his ex-manager Jurgen Klopp is in charge, a man he has continued a close relationship with for many years.

Mario Gotze came through the ranks at Borussia Dortmund, spending 2001-13 at the club, before departing for Bayern Munich and then returning in 2016.

Jurgen Klopp was in charge of the German side when Gotze made his first-team debut and was a massive part of his development into one of the country’s best players.

The playmaker maintains a close relationship with Jurgen Klopp and has hinted that they will be reunited in the future.

‘I’m still in touch with Jurgen,’ Gotze told DAZN. ‘At that time, I was just 17 and coming up from the youth team.

‘He taught me everything about professional football. He let me play. I often speak to Klopp. We never stopped talking.

‘He knows me very well and that I am always looking for new challenges.’

It is not clear if Jurgen Klopp is still keen to bring Mario Gotze to the Merseyside Reds, but he certainly has been in the past, narrowly missing out on signing his fellow when he moved to Bayern.