Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, as Bayern Munich pulled out of the race for his signature, according to the Daily Star.
Liverpool have been strongly linked with a £20million move for the German international, along with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich had previously been touted as the favourites to secure the deal, having signed Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund previously.
However, manager Pep Guardiola has opened the door for a bid from Liverpool, having confirmed he has no interest in bringing Reus to the Allianz Arena this summer.
Guardiola said: “We have eight strikers – too many.
“I do not need new players. I am delighted with this squad.”
Dortmund have continued to insist Reus will be going nowhere this summer, despite the fact he is yet to sign a new contract with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke insisted: “We have said many times this summer that Reus will not leave.”
Reus fired 16 goals last season as Dortmund finished runners up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.