Liverpool Transfer News: Christian Pulisic Discussed by Dortmund, Latest Rumours
Liverpool have been told not to waste their time on a bid for Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic, after the German club’s sporting director Michael Zorc insisted the player wouldn’t be going anywhere.
Pulisic’s talents have alerted some of Europe’s top clubs this season, but he will not be sold, Dortmund’s Zorc told German newspaper Bild (h/t Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC).
Zorc said: “We have communicated very clearly that we won’t sell Christian, and that he’s very much part of our plans. Liverpool don’t need to waste their time.”
At just 18 years old, Pulisic is one of the most-coveted young players in world football. His performances in the Bundesliga have led to predictions of great times ahead for a player who already has 11 caps for the U.S. national team.
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Paul Tenorio of FourFourTwo magazine wrote: “The excitement about what Pulisic may becomethe United States men’s national team’s first actual superstar since Landon Donovan, and maybe even more considering his role with Dortmundhas fans treating Pulisic the way a child would carry their mother’s most expensive crystal.”
Pulisic, an attacking midfielder, is certainly one to watch. There is a pleasing fluidity to his game, and his impressive dribbling skill has added an extra dimension to Dortmund’s attacking play this campaign.
Comfortable on either foot, the US star is quick, agile and very confident on the ball, appearing to fully trust in his ability.
Indeed, when operating on the left side of midfield, such is his two-footed talent, Pulisic can come inside or go out wide, making him a nightmare when facing up to back-pedalling defenders.
For a player of such youth he also has a speed of thought and a developing match intelligence that allows him to pick the correct pass to set his teammates away on the attack.
Liverpool’s reported interest is likely to be part of a concerted plan by Klopp to add further youth and energy to his squad, particularly across the midfield positions where his high-tempo, high-press tactics are most vital.
Even if Liverpool fail to bring Pulisic to the Premier League in January, it is conceivable that the midfielder could one day play in England.
Earlier this year, Pulisic spoke of the influence a year spent in the UK when he was a seven-year-old had on him. Per Archie Rhind-Tutt of Mail Online, he said:
A lot of people don’t realise but it really brought on my passion for the game. After school every day, I was just out for hours in entertainment news gossip the park, playing with my schoolmates. That’s really where my love for the game started to come alive and that was a big part of my development.
… There were so many players that just showed so much skill and confidence in their games. I just loved the English style.
While Klopp has guided his Liverpool side to third spot in the league this season, he will not want to rest on his laurels.
Capturing such a fine prospect would provide Reds fans with further evidence that their German boss is building a side for the future alongside attempting to mount a challenge for honours in the present.