The German forward had a chance to reunite with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Mario Gotze has opened up on his decision to reject Liverpool’s transfer offer in 2016.
Following his underwhelming spell at Bayern Munich, Gotze returned to Borussia Dortmund for a fresh start in 2016. The move came amid serious interest from Liverpool, who were kick-starting their rebuild process under Jurgen Klopp.
Gotze developed into one of the most promising young forwards in Europe during his time under Klopp at Dortmund. However, he preferred to join Thomas Tuchel’s project at Signal Iduna Park after leaving Bayern.
“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.”
Gotze won two Bundesliga titles and reached the Champions League final under Klopp at Dortmund. The striker then went on to score a career-defining goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.
The former Bayern star has returned to Germany ahead of the next season, joining Europa-League winners Eintracht Frankfurt after leaving PSV Eindhoven.