Friday 28 October 2016

Liverpool offer £11 million for rising Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic

Chris Bascombe

Published 27/08/2016 | 09:52

Klopp is interested in signing Pulisic CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Klopp is interested in signing Pulisic CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool have submitted an £11 million bid for Borussia Dortmund’s American teenager Christian Pulisic.

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However, Jürgen Klopp’s former club are resisting all attempts by their former coach to lure one of the most exciting young talents in Europe to Anfield.

Pulisic, a versatile winger who signed for the German club’s Academy during Klopp’s reign in the Bundesliga, enjoyed an instant ­impact when promoted to the Dortmund first team last season.

Klopp is desperate to reunite with the youngster and continue his development on Merseyside but it is proving a difficult task convincing his former club to do business.

Dortmund have no wish to sell the 17-year-old and it will take all Liverpool’s power of persuasion to conclude a deal before the end of the transfer window. It seems Klopp is likely to be disappointed despite making an incredible offer that would comfortably make Pulisic the most expensive teenager in Liverpool history.

After impressing Dortmund’s scouts while playing in his native US, Pulisic joined the German club’s under-17 side 18 months ago.

Such is his talent, he has been fast-tracked to the senior squad and was given his debut last February. In nine appearances he contributed two goals – making him the youngest player to score twice in the Bundesliga. This has served only to ­intensify the excitement around the player, who has made his senior ­international debut for the US.

The size of Liverpool’s offer would suggest Pulisic is a player Klopp is intent on pursuing, ­although it remains to be seen if it will be possible to conclude a deal over the coming days.

Meanwhile, Klopp has offered a robust defence of his captain, Jordan Henderson, after he struggled to adapt to a holding midfield role in last weekend’s defeat against Burnley.

Henderson came in for criticism from supporters but Klopp insisted that he would have sold the player during the summer if he had lost faith in his capabilities.

“I see him every day in training so if I doubted him then he would not be here,” said Klopp. “I have no doubt. I like this player and he is very important for this club. There is absolutely no doubt. I want ­improvement [from him]. He is a wonderful skilled player and his ­attitude is outstanding.

“He always wants to work and work hard. He is still a young player even when he has played a lot of games. It is about decision making. Just more what you need to do rather than what you want to do.”

Saturday’s trip to Tottenham ­revives memories of Klopp’s first game in the Premier League last October, a goalless draw where the first glimpses of the coach’s dynamic style were witnessed.

With Emre Can nursing an ankle injury, Henderson may assume the deep midfield position again against Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Klopp ­believes the lack of success at ­Anfield recently ­ensures there will always be sterner criticism of those players who have been around longest during a barren spell.

“A Liverpool player that is at the club with not so much success in recent years is always doubted a little bit,” said Klopp. “They always have to show they are not the reason we have not made the next step. Of course that is not the reason. There are more reasons for not ­being successful and means these players are always trying to convince everyone.”

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