Jurgen Klopp could be set to raid former club Borussia Dortmund, with Liverpool offering £11 million for teenager Christian Pulisic.
Klopp left Dortmund last summer after seven years, before joining the Reds as manager in October, and has overseen an overhaul on Merseyside this summer.
The German has welcomed seven new players into his squad so far, with £30 million winger Sadio Mane the most high-profile of his additions.
Mane was injured for last weekend’s 2-0 loss away to Burnley, and this has clearly highlighted a flaw in Klopp’s squad, as he has opted to move for exciting young talent Pulisic.
According to widespread reports including the Express‘ Paul Joyce, Liverpool are joined by Stoke City in their pursuit.
Klopp promoted Pulisic to the Dortmund first team in his final season with the club, and the 17-year-old has since become both the youngest foreign player to score and the youngest player to score a brace in the Bundesliga.
Already capped six times by the USA, Pulisic boasts serious potential as a young attacking talent, and Klopp is said to see him slotting into his Liverpool squad immediately.
While Klopp’s ties with Dortmund are believed to make a deal “more complicated,” the 49-year-old is willing to wait until his contract expires in 2018.
Pulisic is able to operate on either flank as well as behind the striker, and has so far made 12 appearances for the Dortmund senior side, scoring twice.
The teenager, from Pennsylvania, scored eight goals and had eight assists in 17 games for Dortmund’s under-19s.
However, his prospects are limited this season, especially following Dortmund’s signing of winger Ousmane Demebele – who Liverpool had tried to sign.
Whether Liverpool need a player of Pulisic’s skill set this summer is questionable, but the young American has the potential to develop into a world-class attacker. Hence Liverpool acting now.
For £11 million, Pulisic could be a bargain signing for the Reds, though there is clearly a lot to be discussed before he’s seen leaning at Melwood. Dortmund would surely demand a much bigger fee.