Klopp tipped to bring out best in Chelsea star linked with Liverpool

Date published: Wednesday 17th March 2021 8:44 - Robert McCarthy

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Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has suggested that Jurgen Klopp could bring out the best in a Chelsea star who has been linked with a surprise switch to Anfield this summer.

The Reds have been tipped to move for Blues star Christian Pulisic, who has failed to impress Thomas Tuchel since the German arrived at Stamford Bridge.

The USA international has started just one of Chelsea’s last 10 Premier League outings. That is despite the fact the 22-year-old had a head start on his Blues teammates when Tuchel arrived.

Pulisic was handed his big break at Borussia Dortmund under the German. However, that appears to have counted for nothing so far in west London.

To that end, a report in the Daily Mail states that Jurgen Klopp is preparing a potential raid for the player.

With that in mind, Heskey thinks his old club could give Pulisic a new lease of life – without actually mentioning them in name.

He told HITC: “I think Pulisic can play in several different ways. He’s exciting. I like him a lot.

“The thing with Pulisic, it looks like he needs to be loved. He needs a manager who’s going to put his arm around him and tell him he’s great. Then you get the best out of him.

“I don’t think he’s got that inner-love for himself.

“He had that massive injury (in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal). I don’t think he’s been the same since. When you have a dip like that, you need a manager who can pull you out of that.”


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Pulisic a better fit for Liverpool

Heskey’s comments appear to be leaning towards suggesting that Klopp should try to end the playmaker’s spell in London.

The Premier League-wiining boss is renowned for how he deals with players, while Tuchel is said to be more old school in that regard.

Pulisic notched 11 goals and added 10 assists during his debut season at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.

That form from 2019-20 has led to suggestions that the American is actually better suited to Liverpool’s more attacking approach than Tuchel’s possession-based game at Chelsea.

Heskey, however, believes that Pulisic is good enough to thrive in both, adding: “I still think he can play in a possession-based style as well.

“Him and Mason Mount pick up some amazing positions. I haven’t seen many better than Pulisic at driving with the ball, with both feet.”

The remaining games of the season will give a strong indication over where Pulisic’s future lies.

However, if he mainly features off the bench, then rumours of a potential Liverpool approach will only escalate.

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