Jürgen Klopp hasn't moved for a Borussia Dortmund player. Until now. Until now because, as of this evening, Liverpool have made an £11 million bid for the United States international attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old is believed to be rated very highly by Klopp, but it is a recent move by Stoke City for the player that has forced Liverpool to make a concrete offer for him to the Bundesliga giants.
The United States international was promoted to train with the senior squad by Klopp himself while he was still at Dortmund, and according to the reliable Paul Joyce, the teenager has been a long-term target for Liverpool. Borussia Dortmund have signed a number of attacking players this summer with Mario Götze, Emre Mor, Ousmane Dembélé, and André Schürrle joining the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Marco Reus. It’s plenty of competition and lots of options to push for minutes in the Bundesliga and Europe.
It also will likely mean fewer minutes for Pulisic, though at just 17 and with plenty of time to develop, the player seems to be happy at the club under the excellent Thomas Tuchel. If he moved to Liverpool, it wouldn't be to start every game, either, even if there would be less competition for places. The young American scored 2 goals in 12 appearances last season, becoming the youngest foreign goalscorer in the Bundesliga and has made six appearances for the US national team.
If a deal does get done, it would be a surprise move for a talented young attacking midfield player who turns just 18 next month. Whether Klopp's former club is likely to accept the offer is as yet unknown, but it’s certainly an interesting and exciting development late in the transfer window.