Liverpool have suffered a huge blow in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, who has been indefinitely sidelined due to metabolic disturbances.
Gotze has been a prime transfer target of Liverpool for quite some time now, due to Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp being a huge fan of the playmaker. The Anfield giants previously attempted to lure the German international back when he was still a Bayern Munich player, but Gotze ended up returning to his former club Borussia Dortmund instead.
However, the 24-year-old has struggled since his return to the Signal Iduna Park, and has featured in just 11 Bundesliga games so far this season. And having already missed 5 of the last 6 league games, Gotze has now been ruled out indefinitely due to muscular problems.
“The 24-year-old World Cup winner has continually suffered with muscular problems in the last few months, prompting a comprehensive internal investigation into the possible causes. Those investigations revealed the player has metabolic disturbances, rendering it absolutely necessary to withdraw him from team training for the time being.”
Gotze also had his say regarding his current status, revealing: “I’m currently undergoing treatment and will do everything in my power to be back in training and helping my team to achieve our common goals as soon as possible.”
Michael Zorc, Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, added: “We’re happy to have now uncovered the reasons for Mario’s difficulties and are convinced that his extraordinary abilities will give us additional quality once he has completely recovered from this. Mario has the full backing and maximum support of everyone at BVB during his recovery!”