Reds make efforts to sign Dortmund midfielder Pulisic
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.
Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic celebrates after he scored a 7th goal against Warszawa.