Ousmane Dembele rejected the chance to join Liverpool last summer

Liverpool manager Klopp was keen on signing Frenchman but he had already made mind

Liverpool, along with Premier League champions Leicester, competed for his signature, but both missed out to the Bundesliga side.

Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel is confident Mario Gotze will return to be an important part of his squad after being ruled out for an unknown period.

The FC crew debate on why Jurgen Klopp hasn't received the criticism that is perhaps due given Liverpool's season so far.

However, the United States worldwide committed his immediate future to Dortmund with a new three-and-a-half-year contract in January.

"Dortmund have given me everything".

Gotze has not played in any of Dortmund's last six matches due to muscular problems and internal tests carried out by the club revealed the presence of a metabolic issue.

Dembele is now plying his trade at Borussia Dortmund alongside another reported Liverpool target Christian Pulisic.

French global Dembele said Klopp tried to presuade him to make the move to England, with Leicester City also interested, but he already had his heart set on a move to Germany.

However, Dortmund eventually won the race to sign 19-year-old.

But both players admit there was no way they'd swap Germany for England, with Dembele telling FourFourTwo: "I saw Klopp in Paris but I told him I had made up my mind to sign for Dortmund".

"But I was never really thinking about going to Liverpool".

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent.

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