Roopa Vyas explains why a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic makes sense in several ways for Liverpool Football Club.
Since signing new goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a record fee, things have quietened down on the Liverpool transfer front. Despite some expected outgoings, the Reds are not likely to bring in any new players ahead of the 2018/19 season. At least, that’s what they want us to think.
Rumours of potential signings are shot down regularly and as much as fans persist, Nabil Fekir has still not been announced and it doesn’t look like he will be any time soon.
However, since German outlet Bild claimed that Borussia Dortmund would be willing to part ways with Christian Pulisic this summer for a ‘mere’ £63million, the news has been greeted like a revelation.
Pulisic has been dubbed ‘America’s wonderkid’ and at the age of 19, he has quickly risen to stardom for both club and country. His rapid success with the youth national team was reflected in his success in Dortmund’s academy – it took just 15 games for him to earn his call-up to the first team.
He has achieved a lot at such a young age and it’s not hard to see why there is such a buzz about him.
The 19-year-old has been on Jürgen Klopp’s radar before – in 2016 a bid for £11m was put in to bring the American to Merseyside – and has remained on his wishlist since.
It has been reported that Pulisic rejected the offer of a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, with his current deal set to expire in 2020, suggesting that he could be looking for a move.
The news has attracted interest from Chelsea as well as Liverpool, and there is no reason why Liverpool can’t win the battle for the big-money move.
Ahead of Dortmund’s 3-1 win over the Reds in the International Champions Cup in Charlotte last Sunday, Klopp praised Pulisic and also hinted that he would welcome the Bundesliga star at Liverpool should Dortmund be willing to sell.
Pulisic went on to score twice and bagged an assist in a standout performance in front of Klopp. Was he looking to impress? I hope so.
Should Pulisic really be after a move to the Premier League, there is no reason for Liverpool not to put in a bid. The Reds had been targeting Frenchman Nabil since the opening of the summer transfer window, with £50m ready and waiting before a failed medical halted proceedings.
£13m more would get them a player five years Fekir’s junior. Factoring in Klopp’s previous experience and long-term interest in the player, it simply makes sense.
Pulisic can play comfortably out wide or wreak havoc in a central role, similar to his teammate Marco Reus, who has urged the young star to stay at Dortmund.
At the moment, despite everyone’s best efforts, it seems that the player and the club cannot agree on new terms and a move is on the cards.
He is a 19-year-old with bags of potential. We have seen first-hand how players develop under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp, whether they have very little experience or years of experience in the game.
The man knows how to get the very best out of all of his players and Pulisic could thrive at Liverpool.
Remember those days where all any Liverpool fans would tweet was “sign Reus”? Well, now it has to be “sign Pulisic”.