Klopp laughs off Gotze link

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to comment on speculation that he is looking to sign FC Bayern München midfielder Mario Gotze.

The German international has struggled for game time with the Bavarians of late, and there have been an increasing number of reports that Klopp will look to try to reunite with a player who was a key figure for him while he was at Borussia Dortmund.

However, while happy to talk about Schalke defender Joel Matip and Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic who will join the club in July, Klopp has refused to discuss Gotze.

“It shouldn’t surprise you that we don’t talk about any names,” he said. “We can talk about [Joel] Matip and [Marko] Grujic, because these are fixed deals.

“The problem is, you don’t know these players- ah wait, you know Matip!

“Seriously, I never comment on any rumours. I’m happy for Mario that he played such a good game [for Germany v Italy] after being out for a long time with an injury. In addition to that, there is nothing more to say.”

Since joining Bayern from Dortmund in July 2013, the 23-year-old Gotze has gone on to make 105 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.