Last night, all eyes gravitated towards the Camp Nou, as Barcelona pulled off perhaps the most thrilling comeback in the history of sport. If you throw a dart at all the adjectives between historic and sensational, you’re bound to hit one that fits. And so it’s only natural that Borussia Dortmund’s feat in overturning their one goal deficit – which looks positively expected in comparison – would go slightly under the radar.
But if you’re a Liverpool fan still hoping that Jurgen Klopp can go back to his old team to raid the Dortmund cupboard, currently very well stocked with young, prodigious talent, you may well have had one eye on the outcome of their game in western Germany against Benfica.
And when looking at promising Dortmund talent, there’s probably cause to look no further than Christian Pulisic. Liverpool should really be kicking themselves.
The American teenager has recently spoken out about turning Liverpool – and Klopp – down, and with Liverpool’s front three looking fairly lopsided and in need of another tricky, pacey wide player to mirror Sadio Mane on the opposite side, Pulisic’s performance against Benfica last night will have been hard to take.
His stats from last night show his performance levels, but also how well he would fit into this Liverpool side. He isn’t afraid to take on his man, his passes are direct and to the point – perhaps explaining his pass accuracy – and with Coutinho surely better when he has players ahead of him to pick out, a player like Pulisic would make Liverpool and even greater attacking threat.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have quite clearly missed out on a potential star in failing to sign the American teenager, but looking at the trend in his performances this season – including a beautiful finish to put Dortmund ahead on aggregate for the first time in their tie against Benfica – it’s beginning to become something of a ‘what might have been’ moment.