Roberto Firmino believes the “incredible qualities” of Mario Gotze “would fit in” at Liverpool should the Reds sign him this summer.
Liverpool have been linked with the Bayern Munich forward since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager, with the Anfield boss having overseen Gotze’s progress at Borussia Dortmund from 2009 to 2013.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Dortmund themselves have also been linked with a move for the World Cup winner, whose contract at the Allianz Arena expires next year.
Gotze has featured just 11 times for Bayern as Pep Guardiola has cantered to another Bundesliga title, and it has been reported that incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti has informed the player that he will remain on the fringes of the first team.
Gotze responded to the latest claims over his future on Saturday, but Firmino feels the German would be a suitable fit at Anfield.
“I know Gotze well from my time in Germany, when I played with Hoffenheim against Borussia Dortmund and Bayern,” Firmino told Bild.
“He has incredible qualities in attack.
“He would fit in well with us, and he will surely help us with his class also.”
Gotze on Bayern future
Speaking on Saturday, Gotze said: “I am fairly relaxed.
“We’ve won the German championship. I have won my fifth German championship. The joy outweighs everything.”
It was reported last week that Ancelotti had told Gotze he would remain a fringe player at the club and that he was free to leave if he found a suitable club.
“I don’t know how the editors came up with this,” Gotze said. “I wasn’t aware someone listened. There are only a handful of people who know what has been discussed. That’s enough, and that’s all I will reveal.
“I am under contract until 2017. We have an important match next weekend. Those are two facts.”
Bayern face Dortmund in the last game of the season in the DFB Pokal cup final in Berlin, and Gotze has promised to try his best.
“I can promise that I will give it my all next weekend,” Gotze said. “I know that I still have a valid contract. We’ll see about the rest.”