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Liverpool top January target makes decision on future - reports

By Matt Farr

USA international Christian Pulisic is set to remain at Borussia Dortmund this month amid reported interest from Liverpool, according to a report.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been tracking the highly-rated winger for some time, but a report in the Mirror on Monday has revealed Pulisic has committed his long-term future to the German club.

The 18-year-old has signed a new deal that is set to keep him at Westfalenstadion for another three years.

Liverpool will now be forced to turn their attention towards other targets, having failed to land Pulisic.

The Reds had an £11million move for Pulisic turned down in the summer, and The Telegraph reported that he was Liverpool’s top January target. 

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However, Dortmund have repeatedly said that they don’t want the player to leave and it looks like they’ve got their wish now.

Pulisic has been performing very well under Thomas Tuchel this season, contributing two goals and six assists from 19 appearances in all competitions.

His meteoric rise into the first-team saw him make his debut during the 2015-16 winter break, making his Bundesliga debut and Europa League bow shortly after.

He has since made the jump to the Champions League stage, appearing in all six of Dortmund’s group-stage games earlier this season.

Football Insider verdict

Pulisic is a rising star in Europe at the moment, and could go on to become one of the best players on the continent. However, while Liverpool would have loved to have had such a player within their ranks in future, they should not feel too hard done by with Pulisic’s new long-term deal. He is still just 18 years to go, and there is plenty more for him to learn. The Premier League is quite a daunting prospect for someone of his age, and though others have succeeded at a young age, it may be a bit early for him to have considered a move to Liverpool. From the Reds’ point of view, he’d be a much better bet in several years time – provided he continues at his current rate of development – but that would likely see him worth much more, and attract more of the bigger fish. For now the priority should be on defensive reinforcements, not attacking ones.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Ian Wright believes this player must quit Anfield this season, and seek out a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

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