As we reported earlier today, Liverpool are on the verge of letting four first team players leave the club - either permanently or on loan - before the transfer deadline passes on Wednesday night.
Obviously, such an exodus (even of players with little chance of game time) leaves several spots open for Jurgen Klopp to fill with new arrivals.
However, although the Anfield club appears to be attempting to bring in a new face or two before tomorrow's deadline, they have today been handed a blow in their pursuit of one of their manager's former players at Borussia Dortmund.
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As reported by ESPN, citing sources close to the situation, Dortmund are set to reject Liverpool's advances for talented United States international Christian Pulisic.
The Premier League club are believed to have tabled a bid worth in the region of £11.1 million in recent days. However, Dortmund are unwilling to allow the highly rated 17-year-old to leave before they have seen him reach his full potential.
Despite still being a month shy of his 18th birthday, Pulisic already has six caps to his name for the United States senior team and is widely regarded as one of the biggest prospects playing in Europe right now.
Indeed, he is already a record breaker in Germany after, last April, becoming the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score two goals in the league.
Known for exceptional pace and ability with the ball at his feet, Pulisic usually lines up in the number 10 role or out on the left wing.
With Liverpool looking to add more creativity to their squad after struggling to convert possession into chances against Burnley and Tottenham, it is no wonder Klopp was keen to sign him this month.
But, while it is understandable that Liverpool would want to try and bring the midfielder to Anfield, it also makes sense that Dortmund would be so reluctant to sell him at this stage of his development.
Again per ESPN, Liverpool are not currently expected to return with a fresh offer after accepting Dortmund's decision.
Coming so soon after news that Ante Coric - dubbed by many as 'the new Modric' - had turned Liverpool down this week, this latest setback is another blow to Klopp's plans to bring in some of the best young talent plying their trade in Europe right now.
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