1 Dec 2016

Deal Close? After Coutinho blow, Liverpool now desperate to sign 'unbelievable' £27m attacker

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund prodigy Christian Pulisic.

According to The Independent:

"Liverpool are set to step up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic now that Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out for up to six weeks".

With a packed fixture schedule approaching, and Coutinho and Mane (potentially) missing for much of January, Liverpool's renewed urgency is understandable, especially with the lack of genuine wide players in reserve.

Klopp brought Pulisic into Dortmund's first-team squad during the 2014-15 season, so he obviously knows him well. Plus, he fits the template of the kind of player Klopp likes to develop.

Dortmund, however, are determined to keep hold of the allegedly 'unbelievable' youngster. When asked last month about the Liverpool rumours, BVB sporting director Michael Zorc insisted:

"He [Pulisic] has just turned 18. He can be happy that he debuted at just 17 in the Champions League. This is a great privilege. The correct assessment is to stay for further career development".

Soon after, Zorc further insisted:

“We did not educate him [Pulisic] to sell him. We have a long-running contract until 2019, and the club is ready to prolong his contract.”

Pulisic is a regular starter for Dortmund, so there's (arguably) no credible reason for him to leave such a fantastic, well-run, and passionately-supported Champions League club at the age of 18.

That said, Pulisic has 8 goals/assists in 14 games for Dortmund, which is an excellent return for a teenager, and if he can excel in the Bundesliga at such a young age, it certainly suggests he can make an impact in the Prem.

According to the Daily Mail, it will take '£27m to tempt Dortmund into selling'.

Is Pulisic worth £27m, and is Klopp willing to sour his relationship with Dortmund by stealing their prize talent?



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