Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein has suggested that Liverpool could “do a Keita” and agree a transfer for Christian Pulisic this summer to sign the forward in 2019.
Under Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool have stuck by their primary transfer targets and not bought alternatives unless there was the feeling that the secondary target could do as good a job.
With Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keïta, the Reds were willing to wait six months and a year respectively to sign them as Klopp was convinced that they couldn’t find a player in those positions better suited to Liverpool Football Club.
With Nabil Fekir unlikely to join the club this summer, Klopp will either wait to sign him in January or next summer. That, or the German manager has his eyes set on a new creative midfielder and many believe this player is Christian Pulisic.
Raphael Honigstein believes that Liverpool could agree a deal in advance for Pulisic which would see him develop at Dortmund and then join the Reds next summer.
“If things don’t change in terms of extending his contract is concerned, then he will then definitely be sold in the summer of 2019,” Honigstein told ESPN. “That puts it into an interesting context because if you know there’s a club now, you wouldn’t force a deal through this summer, you could say ‘how about next summer?’.
“I think Liverpool, who have been very smart in recent years, could do almost ‘a Keita’ and say, you know what, next summer, Dortmund have to sell you. Why don’t you come to us then?
“We’ll do a do a deal now… of course it’s not strictly legal (laugh) so you have to keep it quiet, but it’s being done all the time in football, and that’s a very realistic scenario.”