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Published: 16:21 | 29/3/16

Liverpool confident of Gotze capture

Klopp link could be key to signing

Liverpool are increasingly confident that the presence of Jurgen Klopp will be enough to attract Mario Gotze to the club this summer.

The Merseysiders have been linked with a move for the Bayern Munich playmaker who is believed to want to move on from the Allianz Arena.

The 23-year-old, who famously scored the goal which won the World Cup for Germany two years ago, has seen his career stall since joining the German champions from Borussia Dortmund culminating in only 12 appearances this campaign.

Despite manager Pep Guardiola leaving for the Premier League this summer and Carlo Ancelotti arriving as his replacement, Gotze is understood to be keen on a fresh start and the attraction of working with Klopp again has given Liverpool a significant advantage in the race for the player's signature.

Arsenal are also interested in acquiring Gotze but having enjoyed huge success under Klopp at Dortmund - scoring 22 goals in 83 league games, winning two Bundesliga titles, one German Cup and reaching the Champions League final - the appeal of Liverpool is stronger.

Klopp has identified the signing of Gotze as key to his summer transfer plans and both player and manager know their respective styles suit one another.

Liverpool have already secured the signatures of defender Joel Matrip and playmaker Marko Grujic, the pair joining up this summer on a free transfer from Schalke and for £5.1m from Red Star Belgrade respectively.

Klopp plans to overhaul his squad and the likes of £32.5m signing Christian Benteke could leave to make room for the new arrivals.

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