By Alex Stevens
Liverpool have had a £14million bid rejected for teenage winger Christian Pulisic but will make another attempt to sign him in January, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Merseysiders failed in their approach for the Borussia Dortmund winger in the summer window.
It is said that Jurgen Klopp’s side remain keen on the winger but it will take close to £27million to tempt the Bundesliga club into selling the highly rated 18-year-old.
The Mail report that Pulisic had concerns about his future role at Dortmund in the summer after they bought Ousmane Dembele and Emre Mor.
But this season Pulisic has re-affirmed his value to the Bundesliga side with some important performances and they are even more reluctant to sell.The Liverpool Echo claim manager Klopp is ready to dip into the window in the wake of Danny Ings’ season-ending knee injury.
Klopp’s attacking options will be further depleted early in the new year by Sadio Mane’s month-long absence due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
It will leave Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi as the club’s frontline strikers but Klopp believes the double blow of losing Mane and Ings means the Reds may need to splash the cash in order to ensure they have sufficient cover to maintain a challenge for silverware.
Pulisic has certainly made an impression at Dortmund, becoming their youngest player to appear in the Champions League and the youngest foreigner to score in the Bundesliga.
He already has nine caps for USA and has two and a half years left on his current contract at Dortmund, which expires in June 2019.
Pulisic has scored two goals and supplied an impressive six assists in his 12 matches this season for Dortmund in all competitions.
Mane will link up with the Senegal squad in early January ahead of the tournament in Gabon which takes place from 14 January 14 to 5 February.
The scheduling of the Africa Cup of Nations is a source of frustration but the good news for Klopp is that Joel Matip is highly unlikely to be involved.
The Liverpool centre-back isn’t part of the current Cameroon set-up following a self-imposed exile from international football.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have made a landmark recruitment decision that Klopp is thrilled about.