Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on October 1, 2016 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

After a quiet summer, it won’t be surprising to see Liverpool making at least one headline signing in the upcoming January transfer window. The Reds are in dire need of an attacker, in particular, who can provide more depth in the offensive department. One such player could be Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund. And in this article, we will discuss why Jurgen Klopp should raid his former club in order to sign him next month.

A versatile operator

Since returning to Borussia Dortmund, Gotze’s overall game has matured a lot. Even though the attacker has struggled with fitness issues and illness, he has introduced more composure to his game and is now quite reliable when it comes to hold-up play. That means Gotze can now be deployed as a central midfielder.

His technical prowess, coupled with his intelligence helps him thrive in the middle of the park. But, the ex-Bayern sensation can also operate as the false-nine, where he often looks to move deep and link-up with teammates in the final third. His qualities could be ideal for a Liverpool side that rely a lot on the quick interchanges in the attacking half.

The fact that Gotze can play not only in attack but also in midfield would provide Klopp with additional options as far as his tactical choices are concerned.

An experienced figure

Aside from qualities going forward, Gotze is known for his vast experience at the highest level of football. Following his initial emergence during the 2010/11 campaign, the midfielder has always been regarded as a premier individual. And despite being only 27 years young, Gotze has notched up over 300 competitive appearances in club football while winning 63 caps for Germany.

This wealth of experience at this level of football should help him integrate quickly to the fast-paced nature of the Premier League. Moreover, the Dortmund star is quite synonymous with success as well, having won five Bundesliga titles, four DFB Cups and a FIFA World Cup among many others awards.

Therefore, Gotze should be able to inject a winning mentality into the Liverpool team that could help them in their quest to topple Manchester City and win the Premier League for the very first time in their history.

A good relationship with Klopp

By far, the most essential part of Gotze’s potential move to Liverpool is that he has a strong relationship with Klopp. The duo worked together during their time at Borussia Dortmund, where they won two Bundesliga titles and one DFB Pokal while also reaching the final of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League final.

Gotze has played 116 competitive matches under the leadership of Klopp – more than any other manager he has worked with, including Pep Guardiola. And this connection should help him succeed at Anfield.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.