Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp remain confident they can persuade Mario Götze towards Merseyside, with the attacking midfielder's time at Bayern Munich supposedly up.
A number of reliable outlets have reported that Klopp is keen to set up a reunion with Götze, who established himself as one of Europe's brightest young talents under the German boss in four years at Borussia Dortmund.
The 23-year-old has had limited game time under Pep Guardiola this season and although Carlo Ancelotti will replace Manchester City-bound Guardiola in the summer, Götze has been told he is not in the new manager's plans.
The out-of-favour Germany international, who scored the extra-time matchwinner to win his country the World Cup against Argentina in 2014, could be available for around £20 million - making him a high-priority target for Klopp despite the plethora of existing options in attacking midfield at Anfield.
Götze transfer feasible with his Bayern career over
A player of Götze's talent, and even still his potential given that he is still just 23 despite his career successes so far, means there is likely to be no shortage of potential new suitors - but Liverpool have been encouraged by Borrusia Dortmund's £28 million capture of highly sought-after young winger Ousmane Dembélé.
Dortmund had reportedly been considering bringing Götze back to Signal Iduna Park, where he thrived under Klopp before leaving for their Bundesliga rivals Bayern, but their deal for Dembélé - who has more goals than any other Under-21 player in Europe's top five leagues this season - could mean they step out of the race for Götze.
The reaction of the Dortmund fan base, voicing their discontent at the club's interest in Götze, has been on obvious show - with a banner held up on the famous Yellow Wall protesting any deal.
In addition, Klopp's close relationship with the player, whom he very much helped nurture and develop during his time at Dortmund, could prove a decisive factor.
Götze, who has already been capped over 50 times for the German national team, has just 12 months remaining on his existing deal in Bavaria, meaning a deal could be reached to bring him to Merseyside at an affordable price.
Liverpool have reportedly been in regular contact with the player's representatives and will hope their pursuit of him strengthens with the lure of Champions League football, which they can secure by beating Sevilla in the Europa League final in Basel next Wednesday.
It is believed Götze will make the decision on his future after this summer's European Championships in France, where he is likely to line up for Joachim Löw's Die Mannschaft.
Can Reds entice Götze to join up with Klopp again?
Any potential deal would represent a huge coup, as well as a statement of intent, from the Reds - who will be looking to provide Klopp with the funds and tools to shape a side in his image on Merseyside.
Liverpool will welcome Joël Matip and Marko Grujić to the club in the summer, on a free transfer and a £5.1 million deal respectively, but a player of Götze's calibre would understandably usurp both and as such, he would immediately become one of the club's highest earners.
With four goals and four assists in 20 appearances across all competitions, Götze is not in the kind of form that made him the second-most expensive German player ever back in 2013, but having scored 31 goals and registered 44 assists in 116 appearances at Dortmund, it is hoped Klopp could help reignite his career.
He would join a potentially mouthwatering front-line consisting of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge - with further investment in this area in the summer entirely possible as Klopp looks to build a team capable of challenging for honours on all fronts.
Speaking recently about the potential of any deal, Klopp hailed his former protégé as "extraordinary" and admitted: "It is easy to know I like this player. It was not the best day in my life when I heard he was going to Bayern Munich."