Reds make ef­forts to sign Dort­mund mid­fielder Pulisic

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

BY SI­MON JONES/ Liver­pool are ready to step up their pur­suit of Borus­sia Dort­mund prodigy Chris­tian Pulisic in the wake of in­jury to Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho is fac­ing six weeks out with an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age and, cou­pled with the long-term in­jury of Danny Ings and Sa­dio Mane’s ab­sence at the Africa Cup of Na­tions, Liver­pool are look­ing to add an­other at­tack­ing op­tion.

Pulisic is ver­sa­tile as he can play on ei­ther wing or through the mid­dle be­hind the striker, though it is un­der­stood it would take close to £25mil­lion (Sh3.15bn) for Dort­mund to even con­sider sell­ing.

The 18-year-old has fig­ured in 14 games for Dort­mund this sea­son and has de­vel­oped into a key per­former, how­ever the re­turn from in­jury of club favourite Marco Reus could push him onto the side­lines and give Liver­pool a timely ad­van­tage.

Dort­mund do not wish to sell but a sub­stan­tial of­fer could yet prove tempt­ing and Pulisic has pre­vi­ously ex­pressed a de­sire to play in Eng­land, where he lived for a year when he was seven.

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 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.”The USA in­ter­na­tional is un­der con­tract un­til 2019 and Dort­mund sport­ing di­rec­tor Michael Zorc has dis­cussed of­fer­ing new terms.

Liver­pool had a bid for Pulisic re­jected in the sum­mer, as did Bun­desliga pace­set­ters Red Bull Leipzig.

“There have been some of­fers for him in the sum­mer win­dow from Eng­land and from Ger­man clubs,” Zorc told Sports Il­lus­trated.

REUTERS

Dort­mund’s Chris­tian Pulisic cel­e­brates af­ter he scored a 7th goal against Warszawa.

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