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Liverpool Or Manchester United: Which Is A Better Destination For This 19 Y/O Bundesliga Sensation?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Liverpool are set to go head to head with Manchester United in pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic. According to recent reports in the English media, the United States international is gathering interest from the Premier League duo along with Bayern Munich in what is set to be a blockbuster move in the summer. The 19-year-old has been in sensational form this season and has taken the place of Ousmane Dembele in the Borussia Dortmund starting eleven following the French forward’s departure to Barcelona last summer. The Hersey born winger has featured in 26 matches for the Bundesliga club, scoring 4 goals and making 2 assists in all competitions.

The Reds of Merseyside have been in free-scoring form this season and are second to only league leaders, Manchester City for having the most potent attack at the top tier of English football. Jurgen Klopp’s men have scored 59 goals in 26 league matches but have recently struggled going forward which has resulted in defeats to Swansea City in the league and West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup. The Merseyside club is missing a creative player in the midfield since the departure of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona in the January transfer window.

Liverpool are likely to be on the lookout for a talented attacking player in the summer and a potential move for Pulisic might help them fill the void left by Coutinho’s departure. 

On the other hand, Manchester United are occupying second place in the Premier League standings with a tally of 56 points in 26 league matches. In any other campaign, Jose Mourinho’s side would be well in contention of winning the league but the record-breaking form of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has seen them fall behind in the race for the league title.

The Citizens of Manchester are leading the Premier League by a mammoth 13 points with the Red Devils desperately trying to play catch up with their ‘noisy neighbours’. United have recently signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in the winter transfer period to bolster their attack and now, the potential addition of Pulisic could help their chances of bridging the gap between themselves and Manchester City going into the new campaign.

Jurgen Klopp has made a habit of developing young players into future superstars as evidenced by the rapid rise of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in recent years. In comparison, Mourinho works well with world-class talent in his squad but developing young players might not be his forte. Pulisic is just 19 and still unproven at the top level so a move to Merseyside might benefit his career in the long run while a switch to Manchester could bring him more trophies. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of the United States international and whether he ends up making a switch to the Premier League.

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