Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has dropped several hints that he will look to spend in January.
The Reds have found their attacking options depleted in recent weeks with injuries to Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, and with Sadio Mané due to be absent on international duty for most of January, Klopp knows that investment is required if they are to stay in the Premier League title race.
To that end, Liverpool were expected to be pursuing a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic in the next transfer window. The Bundesliga side rejected an £11m bid lodged in late August, but Liverpool have not given up the chase to bring the USA international to Anfield.
Dutch international Quincy Promes and Sardar Azmoun of FC Rostov have also been linked with a move, but it is believed that Pulisic is Klopp’s first choice for a move, despite the obvious difficulty in prising him away in January.
However, Dortmund have remained strong in their stance that Pulisic will not be leaving the club, with the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc telling Bild:
“We have communicated very clearly that we won’t sell Christian and that he’s very much part of our plans.
“Liverpool don’t need to waste their time.”
This is the second time in less than a month that Zorc has seen fit to advise Liverpool not to bid for Pulisic, which indicates that they believe the English club’s interest to be strong.
The talented 18-year-old midfielder had misgivings about his place in the side over the summer, particularly when the likes of Emre Mor, Ousmane Dembélé, André Schürrle and Mario Götze were added to a squad that was already not exactly short of creative wingers/attacking midfielders, but since then he has had something of a breakout season – making 16 appearances in all competitions so far.
It is unknown how much heed Liverpool will take of Zorc’s warning, but if Klopp wants the player badly enough then while they may stay away in January, it could be a long summer for the German club.