Christian Pulisic is a player Jurgen Klopp knows well and the American forward has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent years.
Pulisic, 19, was reportedly subject of a bid from Klopp in his first full summer in charge at Anfield two years.
And since then he’s been regularly touted with a move to Merseyside to reunite with his former boss at Borussia Dortmund. As recently as this May it was claimed Klopp was willing to spend in excess of €60 million on the American.
Inevitably then, the Reds’ boss was asked on Saturday about his interest in the Pennsylvania-born attacking midfielder when previewing the International Champions Cup game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“He has a contract with Dortmund, that’s a problem!” joked Klopp in a typical manner, saying:
“I know Christian, I liked him since he was a kid. He’s a fantastic player, it’s deserved people think highly of him, in Germany it’s the same.
“If he wants to play in England one day, he has the chance to do so for sure, but he’s at a really good club already.
“He had not his best season last year but he was a decisive player but it’s important, there’s no rush, that’s good and he wants to be the best Pulisic he can be.
“If, at one point, he will join us, I don’t know, but I like him. We respect contracts. There is no market I know about at the moment.
“We did our business and Dortmund did theirs.”
Klopp is clearly a huge fan, and while he has this week said that he doesn’t think any more incoming business will happen at Anfield this summer, should the American become available in the future there’s no doubt that he would be interested.
It’s also a move that would make a lot of commercial sense for the club’s American owners, with Pulisic arguably the best product to come from the States in recent times.
Pulisic’s contract expires in 2020, so his value will become very low next summer.
He was named man of the match as Dortmund beat Man City 1-0 in the International Champions Cup in Chicago on Friday night.