Okay, to be clear: We don’t actually buy the rumors that Christian Pulisic will jump to Liverpool. But that move would make sense in some ways, wouldn’t it? When Philippe Coutinho jumps to Barcelona, Liverpool will need to fill the void with someone, and they’ll have a ton of money to make it happen. Pulisic and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp obviously know each other from their time together at Borussia Dortmund, and we know Klopp is an admirer. And an English bookmaker has the move at 5/1, so it’s not completely crazy.
But, and this is a big one: Barcelona is also likely buying Ousmane Dembele. Borussia Dortmund probably won’t want to lose two young stars in the same window.
So, really, whatever happens, you can thank Neymar in the end for starting the chain reaction.
If Pulisic did end up moving, what’s he worth? Before this window, we might have said €20-30 million, but now I’d argue it’s probably more like €60 million. If he stays through next summer and has the World Cup we all hope he will, what then? Look out, Neymar.
Most likely, Pulisic stays but his buddy Dembele goes. So what does that mean? For one, it likely means Pulisic starts more regularly than he does now. Some US fans are worried not having Dembele on the opposite wing will put more pressure on Christian. Maybe. But when have we ever seen him fail under pressure? Everybody has a breaking point, but I’m not sure we’re anywhere near his yet. That pressure will make him better. And, remember, he’s already doing stuff like this:
Also on last night’s USfanTV, we marked the 25 year anniversary of the Dream Team winning Olympic gold in basketball. Our buddy TJ suggested Chris is the Christian Laettner of USfanTV: a pretty boy who doesn’t really belong. I think that might be a bit harsh. Initially I thought I’d have to be one of the remaining white guys–Chris Mullin, Larry Bird or John Stockton. But, remember, I’m also bald, so maybe I’m the Michael Jordan? Nah, I’m not that good. But I do say dumb stuff and I like to eat, so Charles Barkley it is! See you guys Thursday night.