Jurgen Klopp all smiles - but Mario Gotze off limits at Liverpool news conference

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Jurgen Klopp refused to talk about reports linking Liverpool with Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to be drawn on reports that Mario Gotze is a summer transfer target for the club.

Sky sources understand Liverpool are keen to sign Gotze, who has struggled to nail down a place in Bayern Munich's first team this season.

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If they were successful, Gotze would become Liverpool's third major signing following the capture of defender Joel Matip from Schalke and midfielder Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade - both will move to Anfield in July.

Gotze was a key member of Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side that won two Bundesliga titles and reached the Champions League final - but Klopp laughed off any talk of a reunion.

Klopp, pictured hugging Gotze after a Borussia Dortmund match, is a huge admirer of the midfielder
Image: Klopp, pictured hugging Gotze after a Borussia Dortmund match, is a huge admirer of the midfielder

"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!

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"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."

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