Christian Pulisic was a summer target for Jurgen Klopp but the Liverpool boss opted to sign Xherdan Shaqiri instead,
The Reds had been monitoring the winger, whom Chelsea have just paid Borussia Dortmund £58m for, and Klopp was reportedly keen to prise him away from his former club.
Liverpool already had an £11million bid for the winger rejected in 2016 when Pulisic was just 17.
Since then, the youngster’s price has soared significantly, but according to the Times, Klopp did not think the 20-year-old’s stats justified a summer bid.
Pulisic scored just four goals and created a further five in 32 Bundesliga matches last season and the manager was not willing to fork out the money demanded for those kind of numbers.
So far this term, those numbers have not drastically improved – having netted just once in 11 matches although he has been hampered by injuries.
Klopp opted instead to sign the Premier League proven Shaqiri from Stoke in the summer – the Swiss forward notched up 12 goals and nine assists in two seasons for the Potters and, at £13.5m, was a cheaper alternative.
And the decision has appeared justified so far given his devastating displays when given a chance in the first team.
Only time will tell if Pulisic will live up to his huge price tag.
And to those Chelsea fans fearing the big money signing will spell the end for Eden Hazard, German football correspondent Raphael Honigstein told talkSPORT he is not a direct replacement.
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