Liverpool failed with a €12m bid for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic in the summer transfer window, but local website Liverpool Echo reported the Reds are likely to follow up their interest in a future transfer window.
The 17-year-old scored twice last night for the USA against St. Vincent and Grenadines in a 6-0 rout, as he became the youngest-ever American goal scorer in World Cup qualifying rounds.
Before the game, US coach Jurgen Klinsmann was asked about the rumours linking Pulisic with a move to Liverpool, and the German revealed it has been a difficult time for the Borussia Dortmund star.
Quoted by Sports Illustrated, Klinsmann said: “Absolutely it makes it difficult. I think especially in the early stage of your career you need to have the feeling that you can be grounded at a certain place.
“Wherever you decide to start your professional career, that environment needs to be a foundation of what comes hopefully for many years in the future.
“His foundation is Borussia Dortmund. So to work his way through there is very important. Not to say running away, but to say OK, there’s another big club that wants me, maybe it’s better for me because my club just bought three players in my position.
“I think you have to learn in the first three or four years of a young career how to work yourself through the system.”
Klinsmann insisted Pulisic needs to get regular playing time, and needs to settle ‘somewhere’.
“If Christian plays next week for the under 19s at Dortmund, I’m happy. If he plays for the under 23s in the fourth division, I’m happy, as long as he’s getting minutes and learns and has the guidance of the older players and the coach there.
“But he needs to have a home. He needs to settle somewhere. It always depends on every character as well how you’re made, but I think it’s important that you have that foundation to start with.”
Liverpool have plenty of options in attack, and it’d have been a bit difficult for Pulisic to get regular playing time at the Merseyside club. However, it’s no different at Borussia Dortmund.