Liverpool have been tipped to make a concerted effort to land USA star Christian Pulisic this summer.
Respected football journalist Raphael Honigstein told The Totally Football Podcast that he’d be very surprised if Liverpool didn’t come in heavily for Pulisic in the summer.
Pulisic, 19, is firmly admired by Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s American owners are also believed to be fans of the Borussia Dortmund man and all the marketing opportunities that would come with the Pennsylvania-born star.
Former Dortmund boss Klopp piled praise on Pulisic in February 2015, when Pulisic was coming through the ranks.
“We were missing his position and that’s why we called him up,” Klopp said in a press conference. “He did a good job.
“Pulisic is part of that generation. He’s a great footballer, an attacking midfielder. He can kick the ball around really well. And in a very intense training session with narrow spaces, he did not stand out in a negative way. This is a real sign of quality.”
Pulisic ended speculation over a move to Anfield last January though, by penning a three-and-a-half-year deal with Dortmund to tie him to the Bundesliga club until 2020.
However, Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl claimed last month he thought Pulisic was primed for a summer move to the Premier League.
“Everyone knows that Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp covets Pulisic, which would make LFC his most likely Premier League destination,” said Wahl.
Dortmund last month issued a hands-off warning to clubs looking to lure Pulisic away from Germany.
BVB director Michael Zorc has Reviersport: “Those experts are being paid to talk a lot.
“Sometimes they talk sense, sometimes less so. I don’t care much about that. I prefer to stick to the facts. And thus I see Christian with us in the long-term.”
“We plan ahead with Christian Pulisic. And when I say ahead, I mean beyond this summer. He has a long-term contract and feels at home in Dortmund.”
Pulisic is the jewel in the crown for the US at the moment and he has scored four times in 23 appearances for Dortmund this season after making the breakthrough to the first team in 2015/16.
He was named named the USA Men’s National Team’s Player of the Year by US Soccer in 2017 and in June he ruled out a move to Dortmund’s deadly rivals Bayern Munich.
“No, that I could not do,” Pulisic said of going to Bayern Munich. “I can’t say that, but nah.”
Despite being born in the US Pulisic has dual USA-Croatia citizenship and has been training at the Dortmund Academy since he was 16.