Jurgen Klopp has hailed the “extraordinary” ability of Mario Gotze - but refused to be drawn on Liverpool’s pursuit of the Bayern Munich attacker.

The Reds are keen on signing the unsettled Germany international, who is out of favour under Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena and will enter the final year of his contract this summer.

Gotze, who scored in Germany’s 4-1 friendly win over Italy on Tuesday night, is ready to consider his options at the end of the season and is understood to be open to the idea of moving to Anfield.

Klopp, who gave Gotze his senior debut at Borussia Dortmund, told the German media: “We can talk about (Joel) Matip or something else, but not Mario.

“I am happy that he put in a good performance yesterday. But there is nothing to add from my side.

“He’s a player with extraordinary abilities and wants to return to full fitness after four months on the sidelines.”

Gotze, who scored the winner in the World Cup final two years ago, wouldn’t comment on his future after representing his country against Italy.

“We should stay in the present,” he said.

“I am happy to play again and what comes will come.

“The most important thing is to be playing again. I’ve really missed it over the past few months.”

Source: Liverpool Echo

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