Jurgen Klopp has been busy in the transfer market so far this summer by completing a handful of mega-money deals which should hold Liverpool in good stead for a title challenge next season, but a recent interview from the manager suggests he is also planning ahead for a future deal.
According to a recent report from Goal, Klopp has delivered an honest assessment about Christian Pulisic’s development at Dortmund and whether Liverpool could table a bid for his signature this summer. With the typical poker-face which most modern day managers utilise when they are asked questions about potential transfer targets, Klopp stated “he has a contract at Dortmund, no? That’s the first problem” before highlighting his huge potential to blossom in the future.
The problem with Klopp’s admission is that Alisson, Naby Keita and Fabinho all had contracts with clubs prior to joining Liverpool, but that did not prevent the Reds from signing them.
A more honest assessment from Klopp would have detailed Pulisic’s price-tag and the presence of both Mo Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri as the main reasons for a lack of concrete interest at this moment in time, but that could change if the electric Egyptian is eventually tempted into a move away from Anfield.
Salah’s decision to sign a new contract at the beginning of the summer arrived as a huge relief to Liverpool supporters during a time when speculation linking him with a move away from the club was beginning to intensify.
However, the nature of football is that top players inevitably attract plenty of interest and are easily persuaded into transfers, so it’s unlikely that Salah will remain a Liverpool player until his new deal expires in 2023.
With that in mind, it’s likely that Klopp will closely monitor Pulisic’s development over the course of the next few years in order to form conclusions regarding the true level of his potential and, if he is deemed up to the standard of a title-challenging Premier League club, it would be no surprise to see him eventually replace Salah on the right-side of Liverpool’s front-three.
Pulisic (valued at £40.5 million by Transfermarkt) has plenty of work to do on his end-product before he can stake legitimate credentials to replace Salah at Liverpool, but at 19-years-of-age there’s no doubt the best is yet to come from the USA international.
By the time he has come of age and added consistency to his game, it would be no surprise to see Pulisic move to Anfield when Salah is eventually tempted into a transfer away from Merseyside.
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