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Mario Gotze to Liverpool talk dismissed by Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has refused to comment on reports linking Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze with a switch to Liverpool this summer but did praise his former player's "extraordinary abilities."

Gotze, 23, has had a difficult season at his current club Bayern, playing in one of a possible eight competitive games after returning to the team in February following a groin injury.

The Germany international is under contract at Bayern until 2017 after he joined from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €37 million in 2013.

Gotze, who is still in contact with Klopp, was on target for Germany in their 4-1 win against Italy on Tuesday night, and after the match he was reluctant to comment on his future, urging for people to remain "in the here and now."

While in Germany there has been speculation that Gotze could return to his boyhood club Borussia Dortmund, reports of a possible reunion with his former coach Klopp at Liverpool have been persistent in English media.

Speaking to German reporters one week before the Europa League clash with his old club Dortmund, Klopp refused to comment on the rumours, and said that he would rather discuss the signing of Joel Matip, who is set to join Liverpool on a free transfer from BVB's fierce rivals Schalke next season.

"We can talk about Matip or something else, but not Mario," Klopp said, but added that he was delighted for his former star player because of his performance against Italy.

"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."


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