21 Sept 2016

Anfield Update: Boss responds to Liverpool rumours re 'unbelievable' €20m sensation; confirms transfer is 'not an issue'

After failing with a deadline-day offer, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains keen on signing Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic, but according to Sporting Director Michael Zorc, Pulisic is better off staying at BVB.

In early September, the Liverpool Echo claimed:

"Liverpool are planning to follow up their interest in Christian Pulisic in future transfer windows".

When asked today about Liverpool's interest in €20m-rated Pulisic, Zorc simply stated:

"This is not an issue for today".

Zorc then urged the allegedly 'unbelievable' Pulisic to stick with Dortmund:

"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".

Zorc is obviously right. So many teenage footballers have a misplaced sense of entitlement, and an inflated sense of self-worth that deludes them into thinking they're good enough to walk into the biggest clubs in the world.

In Pulisic's case, 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.

Whatever happens, signing Pulisic between the ages of 17-19 is a mistake, as history shows that no foreign attacking player in that age group has *ever* come through the ranks to become a first-team regular at Anfield.

In my view, the best strategy is to following the Coutinho route, and buy Pulisic when has a solid 3-4 years of top level experience/development.

* Youngest-ever player to appear in a World Cup qualifier for the US national team.


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