Lothar Matthaus believes Mario Gotze made the right decision turning down a move to Liverpool, suggesting the player would have made a mistake joining a club not playing in the Champions League.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp had reportedly made the 23-year-old World Cup winner a priority target this summer, but this week Gotze confirmed his desire to stay at Bayern Munich and impress new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
And Matthaus says that Gotze would have been making a mistake in moving to a club outside of the Champions League.
“I don’t know whether there was indeed an offer from Liverpool,” Matthaus told TZ.
“But why would he join a club that do not even play in the Champions League?
“He would have taken the easy solution with a move to Liverpool. But the easy solution is not always the right solution.”
Gotze struggled for game time at Bayern last season under Pep Guardiola and Klopp had hoped to reunite with the player he brought through the ranks at Borussia Dortmund – but Matthaus says Gotze is not ready to take the ‘easy way out’.
“Mario has shown with his latest comments that he is ready to fight for his place. This whole situation will only make him stronger. I applaud his decision to stay put. He is finally standing up for himself. He is taking his career in his own hands at last.
“He is not taking the easy way out, but is taking on the challenge. He wants to show Bayern what he can do. I have waited for this for quite some time. This is a sign that he is getting mature.
“I don’t think he is looking to leave on a free transfer in 2017 and earn a big signing fee. He has already made enough money. He did this because he wants to show Bayern he is a player of the highest level.”