Liverpool show January transfer hand after £11m bid - report
By Harry Sykes
Liverpool have made Borussia Dortmund sensation Christian Pulisic their top January transfer target, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the Merseyside giants are weighing up another move for the USA international after trying to prise him from the Bundesliga in the summer.
It is said that Liverpool tabled an £11million bid to Jurgen Klopp’s former club for Pulisic in the last window and that “their interest has not waned”.
The Telegraph report that Liverpool have already showed their hand with the right-winger but Klopp “is prepared to play the long game to get his man”.
This could mean the German waiting until next summer to land a player who has created waves in the Bundesliga since breaking into the Dortmund side last season.
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Dortmund have publicly issued a hands-off warning to clubs eyeing Pulisic, who has accumulated a remarkable 11 caps for the USA despite only being 18.
He has also made 18 appearances for the German big hitters this season, scoring two goals and supplied six assists in all competitions.
The Guardian have reported Klopp will have an estimated budget of £40million to beef up a squad that is challenging for the Premier League title.
The German resisted the opportunity to strengthen his squad in January of this year but a season-ending injury to Danny Ings and Sadio Mane’s absence next month at the African Cup of Nations could force a move for an attacking player to make sure the title bid stays on track.
Liverpool have won their last three league matches, against Middlesbrough, Everton and Stoke, which has enabled them to keep their title bid on track.
The Merseysiders host Manchester City at Anfield on Saturday evening as they aim for a fourth successive triumph and to close the gap on leaders Chelsea.
Going into Saturday’s fixtures, Klopp’s side had a tally of 40 points from 18 matches to place them at second in the table, six behind Chelsea.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a Guardian report has named the three players Klopp will sign in the January window.