Mario Gotze acknowledges he was wrong to reject a move to Liverpool upon leaving Bayern Munich in 2016
, when the Reds were at the beginning of their rebuild under Jurgen Klopp.
Gotze returned to the Bundesliga this month, joining Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt after spending two seasons with Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven.
The creative midfielder, who scored the only goal of the game as Germany overcame Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, became one of European football’s hottest properties during a four-year spell with Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund between 2009 and 2013, winning two Bundesliga titles and reaching a Champions League final.
After moving from BVB to rivals Bayern Munich, where he scored 36 goals in 114 appearances, Gotze was targeted by the Reds in 2016, and now admits a move to Anfield would have benefited his career.
“Liverpool had finished eighth in their first season with Jurgen [2015-16] and had not qualified for the Champions League,” he recalled in an interview with Bild.
“Even in previous years, it wasn’t a club that always played at the top.
“Dortmund had previously played a top season under Thomas Tuchel, BVB was on the up. Jurgen was still building something.
“In retrospect you have to say, Liverpool would have been better.”
Reds boss Klopp has won six major trophies during his spell with the Merseyside club, lifting both domestic cups during a marathon 2021-22 season which saw them narrowly miss out on a historic quadruple.