You would be hard pushed to find a player who has played under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who doesn’t idolise the man.
The grinning German is clearly a pleasant and affable coach who demands the best from his players, but who is willing to reward that hard work with unerring loyalty and massive praise.
One player who has always been particularly keen on the Liverpool boss, however, is Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze.
The 26-year-old, who seems to have been around forever, was handed his debut at the Bundesliga club by Klopp as a 17-year-old, and the two have always had a strong relationship ever since.
According to German football expert Mark Lovell, that rapport is so strong that it could lead to the two linking up again at some point.
Speaking on the Blood Red podcast, Lovell said: “Mario Gotze is coming back into form for Borussia Dortmund and there is a weight of evidence from that documentary that he will play with Klopp or under Klopp again.
“So that’s one name I can definitely give you. There’s a real strong fancy from this side (Germany) that Mario Gotze and Jurgen Klopp will link up – whether that’s at Liverpool, remains to be seen.”
The prospect of Gotze rocking up at Anfield is a mouthwatering one for supporters, and if Klopp has any sense he will take heed of Lovell’s premonition and bring his protege to Merseyside.
Gotze has had his issues with injuries, but the 63 cap German international is approaching something near his best form in the Bundesliga, and would be an ideal fit for the intricate, attractive attacking football that the Reds play.
There isn’t anybody who knows what Klopp wants from his players as well as he does, and given their history together, he would surely jump at the chance for a reunion.