By Harvey Byrne
Mesut Ozil has urged his Germany team-mates to follow in his footsteps and move to the Premier League.
The Arsenal star swapped Real Madrid for the Gunners in 2013 in a club record £42.5million transfer and insists he would recommend playing in England to any of his national colleagues.
Mario Gotze and Leroy Sane been strongly linked with moves to England this summer amid interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Football Insider reported on Thursday that the Merseysiders had turned their attention to Sane after experiencing frustration in their pursuit of priority target Gotze.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is also said to be “aggressively pursuing” Borussia Mochengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.
Ozil insists that he does not regret his move to the London club and believes his younger countrymen should take the plunge and play in the Premier League.
“It was always my goal to prove myself at the big clubs abroad.” the Arsenal playmaker told German newspaper Bild. “And I only have positive things to say about the Premier League if somebody wants to move abroad.”
“The league is very interesting, very balanced – the best example being Leicester winning the title.
“It’s just a lot of fun to play football in England. It’s extremely exhausting, but you can relish it.”
“If a national team player asks me what it’s like in England, I reply: “If you have the opportunity, do it!” If I were to make the decision to go abroad again, I would definitely do it just like I did.”
Liverpool have already been linked with a host of wide forwards to play behind the striker this summer, and as well as the two German’s they have been strongly linked with swoops for Southampton’s Sadio Mane, Lyon’s Rachid Ghezzal, Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and Fenerbache’s Nani.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have been strongly linked with a deal for midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.