The more I read about Götze the more I think our second half collapse in Basel to Sevilla costs us.
I’m not sure if the rumors were ever true about the link, though I tend to think they were, but it seems all interest dropped as soon as we lost that match and had no European football to offer next season.
So whether he was even a player we wanted or not, the development might be indicative. Whether he would help on the pitch or be injured too often, or just crowd our midfield more, a “name” like his early in the summer window would’ve signaled intent.
Even Europa League might’ve captured him, and some others. It’s viewed rather negatively in England, especially for a club of LFCs historic stature.
But it was season-ending silverware. (Don’t think down the road they aren’t playing that up for themselves). It’s European glory. So even without it giving us CL, if it woulda put us in EL again I think it would’ve been big to players on the continent. Remember Klopp talking about how it is viewed differently there?
So hopefully Götze isn’t a sign of things to come. And no CL means we were never gonna poach a top player from Barca, Real or Bayern. But hopefully we still can grab some from CL/EL teams in those leagues.