Jurgen Klopp has outlined his admiration for Christian Pulisic amid his ongoing search for another playmaker to add to his squad.
The Liverpool boss worked with the United States international during his time as Borussia Dortmund manager and has since been regularly linked with a potential reunion on Merseyside.
Klopp saw an £11million bid rejected by the Bundesliga club in 2016, but has since remained watchful over his progress at both domestic and international level.
Two years later and Pulisic is likely to demand a fee upwards of £60million on the back of breaking numerous records as a teenager and cementing a spot in the Dortmund side.
Liverpool’s boss has refused to shy away from expressing his appreciation for Pulisic’s talents but admits there is little more to be said whilst he remains under contract at Westfalenstadion.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “He has a contract at Dortmund, no? That’s the first problem.”
“I like Christian, I’ve known him since he was a kid. He’s still not really old, he’s a fantastic player, and it’s deserved people think highly of him in America.”
“In Germany it’s the same. If he wants to play in England or whatever one day then for sure he has the chance to do so but he’s at a really good club for his development at this moment. It’s really good to be at a club where they know him already.”
Klopp’s side could have to contain Pulisic when Liverpool and Dortmund meet in Sunday’s International Champions Cup clash in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The winger has often surfaced as an ideal Philippe Coutinho replacement given clues of a natural transition into a central attacking midfield role.
His ability to drift through compact avenues, jink past multiple markers and feed runners ahead of him seems well-suited to the void left by the Barcelona man.
Despite undoubted interest in Pulisic, Klopp and Liverpool appear to have completed their transfer business this summer.
Nevertheless, it continues to be suggested that the club may look to resurrect a deal for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir having previously pulled out of negotiations in light of concerning medical results.