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Pulisic fits the bill

Reports throughout Europe are linking Liverpool and Chelsea with a £65m swoop for Borussia Dortmund’s American forward Christian Pulisic.

Posted by Andy Thompson
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Reports emanating from the Bundesliga club suggest that Pulisic does not wish to extend his current contract, which ends in 2020, and as such the German outfit are looking to cash in on their biggest asset whilst he still retains some significant value.

Christian Pulisic to join Liverpool this window is currently 9/2 with RedsBet

With Chelsea rumoured to have made the first move, it will be interesting to see if Liverpool follow suit. Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the versatile forward and Pulisic came through the Dortmund system when Klopp was their manager. This is a player he knows a lot about, both his ability and his personality. Personality is something that Klopp values extremely highly and rightly so – look at the smiles on our players’ faces in training.

Christian Pulisic to join Chelsea this window is 20/31 with RedsBet.

Every time he has been asked about the potential for more deals coming in, Klopp has been quick to suggest that he has made all the signings he intends to this window “unless things change.” Perhaps Dortmund suddenly finding themselves in this situation could well be the factor that means a deal is pursued. But one day, Karius was our number one and the next, we’re breaking all kinds of records to sign Alisson Becker.

Liverpool were willing to spend big to secure their first choice goalkeeper

Pulisic would also represent an alternative for Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir. The supremely talented Frenchman saw a deal collapse at the 11th hour before France’s successful World Cup campaign. Concerns over a knee injury saw the club not pursue a deal despite Fekir picking a squad number and recording an interview with the official club website. It was a tragic turn of events because Fekir would have been an excellent signing for Liverpool.

Reports have persisted in the press that a deal with Lyon might be resurrected before the end of the window but that is no longer even a remote possibility. So does this leave a Christian Pulisic shaped piece in our 2018/2019 jigsaw?

I would argue that it absolutely does. Fekir was obviously of a massive interest to play in the 10 position so we are looking for more creative midfielders. Pulisic mostly plays wide right for Dortmund but at the tender age of 19 he could easily be moulded into a number 10 as he certainly has all the attributes. Additionally, his versatility to play wide would become useful should we need to rotate later in the season.

A cynic might argue that Xherdan Shaqiri was signed as a cut price Fekir alternative, with which I would disagree. But if that’s the case then Pulisic to regularly rotate with Mo Salah and Sadio Mané would leave us as an even more exciting attacking proposition. Pulisic was certainly on song when he played against the Reds last weekend. Coming off the bench for the second half in Charlotte, he won and scored a penalty, fired home a late winner and had a shot saved that lead to a 3rd Dortmund goal in injury time. He was very impressive in that time.

There could also be significant financial benefits to signing the American. As the face of the international team already, Pulisic could really be used to sell the club in the USA. We have just returned from a very successful tour Stateside and with Lebron James wearing club gear and a huge billboard of Mo Salah adorning Times Square, you could argue that the Reds are making their American move.

The Reds have also just played to packed houses on the three tour games in Charlotte, New Jersey and Michigan. I would argue that interest in us in America is as big as it ever has been. This interest would simply explode should we sign the face of American football. Pulisic would doubtless be a huge asset on the field, but he would certainly be one off it as well. Our Boston based owners FSG are good at making money and I have no doubt they could market Pulisic to be a significant cash cow. I don’t care for that side of football, but as long as the money is pumped into the transfer kitty or into building a new Anfield Road End, who cares?

The latest reports indicate that Chelsea have opened talks with Dortmund. If that’s the case, then I will be extremely surprised if Liverpool don’t follow suit. We’re admirers of Pulisic, Pulisic is admirers of us. I find it highly unlikely that we will let a Premier League rival buy him without at least making a move.

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