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Dream transfer: Pulisic to Liverpool, too good to be true?

It is the dream transfer: Christian Pulisic leaves Borussia Dortmund for Liverpool.

Pulisic is reunited at Liverpool with German manager Jurgen Klopp, who was at Borussia Dortmund when Pulisic turned pro in 2015.

Pulisic joins the most prolific trio in UEFA Champions League history, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, with 29 goals between them this season.

Pulisic moves to the most identifiably American club in the EPL, owned by Fenway Sports Group, owner of the Boston Red Sox. (Even Lebron James has a minority share in the club.)

The German tabloid Bild revived talk of a move when it reported that Klopp will bid to sign the 19-year-old Pulisic, who still has two years left on his contract. It reported that Dortmund wants $72 million for Pulisic.



It just happens to be too good to be true.

“I am in constant exchange with Jurgen Klopp,” said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc, "but I am not aware of this."

The folks at Fenway Sports Group hit home runs with the moves for Firmino in July 2015, Mane in July 2016, Salah in July 2017, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in August 2017 and Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.

Liverpool already has a deal in place to bring Guinean midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig for a minimum of $65 million as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho this summer.

Between the money they got from Barcelona for Coutinho and the money they will get for their Champions League run, the Reds will have plenty of money left over to make a run at Pulisic. But they will likely want to move Mane or Salah before considering a bid for the Klopp favorite.

That does not mean Pulisic won't move to Anfield.

The dream transfer just won't likely happen this summer.

14 comments about "Dream transfer: Pulisic to Liverpool, too good to be true?".
  1. Bob Ashpole, May 4, 2018 at 5:34 a.m.

    If the only consideration were the manager, then okay, but the EPL is not what I would consider an ideal destination for a young, small, fast winger to flourish and develop. Six years from now, maybe, but Spain would still be a better destination than the EPL. Borussia Dortmund has been and still is an excellent club for Pulisic. 

  2. frank schoon replied, May 4, 2018 at 9:56 a.m.

    Bob, Going to England other than to ManCity is a pure waste of time for his development. He needs to learn to play 'soccer" first. Liverpool is not waiting for Pulisic an 19year old kid still needing to learn the game. If he leaves let him go to a Spanish Club but not Italian or English for they have nothing to offer in way of playing 'soccer' for his development. If he were 25 than he could try Liverpool
     I'm not a fan of Klopp's style of play for he employs too much running and energy loss. His first year with Liverpool was like watching a chinese firedrill out there...it wasn't soccer. This year Klopp is doing much better, a bit smarter play, and he is lucky he has a star player, who without him his team who not be that effective. 
    I simply have no idea what Pulisic can bring to the team Liverpool for they need a player that can have a direct impact to the team which Pulisic is not capable of effecting at his stage of development , age and playing experience. Just look what happened to Pulisic's effectiveness this year after Dortmunt got rid of two top players. 

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, May 4, 2018 at 4:07 p.m.

    I agree with you Fank. I cannot see ManCity wanting him this early in his development. Plus Pulisic needs to play, not be a reserve or sub. Why change something that is working well for him?

  4. frank schoon replied, May 4, 2018 at 4:28 p.m.

    Bob, Exactly

  5. John Soares, May 4, 2018 at 12:20 p.m.

    He would have very little chance of playing much less starting at Liverpool.
    Better starting, or at least playing at Dortmund than sitting on the bench....perhaps not even making the 18 in Liverpool.

  6. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 8, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.

    Typical self-loathing US soccer fan.  Pulisic is the real deal.

  7. Philip Carragher, May 4, 2018 at 12:44 p.m.

    I'm out of my league here, so, please, give me more details about what Pulisic needs to flourish in the EPL. He is young, for sure, but so was Dele Alli. What did he have that Pulisic lacks? Any insight is appreciated.

  8. frank schoon replied, May 4, 2018 at 1:22 p.m.

    Philip, I don't know anything about Dele to even make a comparison, but I do know Pulisic and I know that Liverpool when buying a player will want a player that will have a direct impact on the team and are not interested in helping develop Pulisic improve his capabilities. Pulisic needs a few more years to grow. Everton bought the captain of Ajax ,Klaasen, a young player, a much better player  and more experienced than Pulisic ,is a bench sitter collecting his paycheck. He should have waited a couple of more years but I guess those dollars bills are enticing. 

  9. R2 Dad replied, May 4, 2018 at 2:56 p.m.

    Dele Alli is  6'-2" bruiser who gives as well as he gets. He will take longer to be worn down by the grinding EPL schedule and treatment.  Pulisic is a 5'-10" flair player who, while not contact-averse, will suffer more. I'm in agreement with others above--Pulisic should play 5 more years in Germany, ideally with a transfer to Spain after that. The problem is, the easiest route for him is Munich and thats a Bundesliga issue.

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, May 4, 2018 at 4:04 p.m.

    In my view it is not what Pulisic needs, rather than what he is. He is young, small, and fast. You cannot make him 27 or a foot taller. A brutal physical league like the EPL which doesn't have much use for true wingers is a bad fit. A top club in Spain would be a better fit and a better opportunity for his development than Liverpool. 

  11. frank schoon replied, May 4, 2018 at 4:16 p.m.

    Bob, that is true but he has still a lot of learning to do about the game, itself.  Cruyff stated in his first year as coach of Ajax that he had a great  bunch of young players, known for their skills like Vanenburg, Van Basten, Rykaard, Bergkamp, but now I  to teach them how to play soccer. 
    Pulisic has to learn that part still for he is just starting...

  12. Goal Goal, May 4, 2018 at 1:42 p.m.

    I sometimes wonder where these stories originate.  It's worse than the coffee klotch exchange.  Now we all know he is a good developing player but where would they put him in Liverpool.  What would happen is that he would be riding the bench until someone went down.  Makes no sense even if wishing.

  13. Ben Myers, May 4, 2018 at 9:10 p.m.

    Pulisic would be best off remaining at Dortmund for another year or two.  The league is a very technical league, which fits his style very well.  He is also a starter most of the time, whereas he would not play as much at Liverpool, possibly even being loaned out to get playing time.  And, yes, the EPL is extremely physical with the likes of young Dele Ali, Kompany, Van Dijk, Wes Morgan and others who take no prisoners in their play.

    The only incentive here is Klopp, who is a gem of a manager, seen to have done a terrific job of motivating and doing some development of his players.  He and Guardiola are flat out the two very best managers in the EPL, playing attacking soccer and getting away with it most of the time.  Griping and bitchy Mourinho does not hold a candle to these two, except in his own mind.  Sean Dyche is the other EPL manager worth a mention, because he has a team with no stars at all, yet he has taken Burnley within spitting distance of Arsenal in the table with the best defense per salary dollar spent in the league and a goal or two now and then.  Other teams have allowed fewer goals in the EPL, but with all internationals in the lineup.

  14. Fire Paul Gardner Now, May 8, 2018 at 3:51 p.m.

    With Tuchel going to PSG, they are my sleeper pick for a Pulisic transfer.  But the idea Pulisic wouldn't get playing time at Liverpool is wrongheaded.  He's really good.  

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