Liverpool are looking to the transfer window to bolster their squad this summer following reports that Sadio Mane will leave the club, and it appears that there has been a new target identified for the Reds.
According to the Daily Star, Liverpool are interested in plotting a bid for Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic this summer.
The report claimed that Jurgen Klopp is keen to find a replacement for Senegal winger Mane in order to ensure that they doesn’t decline if the 30-year-old leaves Merseyside this summer.
It was never in doubt that Pulisic would eventually be linked to a move to Liverpool, as Klopp is a huge admirer of the American forward since working with him at Borussia Dortmund in the early stages of his career.
The German coach has even spoken out about the 23-year-old since joining the Reds, praising the player after he scored twice against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in 2018.
Klopp said: “He’s a fantastic skilled boy, and it’s not a surprise to see. He’s a smart player, and unfortunately the USA needs more of these players. He alone cannot do it all.”
Despite the manager’s admiration, there are many concerns that Liverpool should take into account to ensure that they don’t make a similar mistake to the one they made by signing Alberto Aquilani, who was plagued with injuries throughout his time at the club.
Pulisic has also struggled in that regard since his arrival at Chelsea in 2019, with 12 episodes of injury and fitness issues equating to missing 354 days (almost a full year) and 44 matches for the Blues.
When you consider that Mane has been a consistent performer with rare short-term injury issues over the last six years, it could be a disaster for the Reds if they sign the £42m-valued American and he is unable to provide reliability to the team, an attribute which will already be a huge loss for the club when the Senegal winger leaves.
With that in mind, there are plenty of other potential signings who could offer more reliability and consistency on the pitch in order to give Klopp the best shot at seamlessly replacing Mane’s attacking output at Anfield.