Borussia Dortmund have reiterated their stance regarding starlet Christian Pulisic and told Liverpool to stay away.
The German club’s sporting director Michael Zorc earlier this month told Jurgen Klopp “it’s not worth the effort” and in an almost identical statement he has warned the Anfield club off the USA midfielder.
“We have communicated very clearly that we won’t sell Christian and that he’s very much part of our plans,” Zorc told Bild.
“Liverpool don’t need to waste their time.”
It’s understood that Klopp is in the market for attacking reinforcements next month with injuries to Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge depleting his options.
After Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham Klopp, who will be without Sadio Mane for a month in January/February while he is on African Cup of Nations duty, bemaoned his attacking options.
“The situation is what it is. We had not a lot of options. In a game like this it’s quite difficult to bring the young players on as substitutes,” he told Sky Sports.
Klopp is a firm admirer of Pulisic, 18, and Liverpool had an £11million offer for Pulisic rejected last summer. The emerging wideman has been catching the attention of scouts throughout Europe after scoring twice in 10 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.
“I’m absolutely focused on the season, performing well and winning games with our team,” Pulisic told The Set Pieces in September.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Colin Cowherd, a popular American sports anchor, broadcaster and writer, gave Pulisic a glowing reference back in September.
“He is the greatest potential American soccer player ever,” he said. “He is currently our best player. He is already at 17 playing in an elite German league. At 17 years old, he is already playing for Dortmund, he plays in front of 70,000 people.
“He’s not even a legal adult and he’s playing in World Cup qualifiers and putting on a clinic.
“His ball skills are so much better than anyone else on that team and he’s 17. Watch him play, watch his skill level, and watch the rest of our players’ skill level.”