Germany midfielder Mario Gotze says he will not be reuniting with his old boss Jurgen Klopp at Anfield this month.
Speculation in the German media had suggested the pair, who were hugely successful together at Borussia Dortmund, could link-up once more at Liverpool.
Gotze says he won’t be moving to England in the current window, but the 23-year-old did have a message for Klopp if he wants to bring him to the Premier League.
“I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter,” Gotze said. “I don’t know where the rumours about Klopp and me are coming from.
“I have not heard anything. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me.”
Gotze moved to Bayern Munich in 2013 but he has not managed to make the desired impact with the Bundesliga champions.
Gotze is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and hasn’t played since October. Klopp would relish the chance to bring the playmaker to Anfield but it seems likely the Reds boss will be waiting for the summer window to start his rebuilding programme in earnest.
Gotze’s extra-time goal famously won the World Cup for Germany in Brazil in 2014 and, despite failing to truly ignite at Bayern, he played nine times and scored three goals for Joachim Low’s men in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
The Germans will attempt to emulate France (1998 and 2000) and Spain (2010 and 2012) by following up World Cup success by winning the European Championship’s next summer in France.
Germany are 4.00 to win Euro 2016 while the host nation France are 3.75 and defending champions Spain are 6.00.