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Shaqiri or Fabinho; who will be sacrificed for Christian Pulisic signature

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It’s no longer news that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is leading the race for Borussia Dortmund’s youngster Christian Pulisic as he hopes to use his relationship with the player to his advantage.

According to reports, Chelsea are equally in the race for the youngster but the Blues are behind their arch-rivals as result of the relationship that exists between Klopp and Pulisic during the German time as Dortmund’s manager.

Pulisic’s effect on Klopp’s team?

As it is, the Reds are filled with top, quality and versatile players who are capable of getting the job done if given the chance.

The Reds frontline consists of great players including Dominic Solanke, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Divock Origi.

Though most of these players have never been given chance to lay claim for a place in the starting lineup, they remain an important and deadly striker who can score great goals on their days.

Just as the forward line, the attacking midfield position is also loaded with many world-class players.

The addition of the Pulisic will definitely force Klopp into letting go of one player, at least, so as to create space for the young but highly-rated in the team.

Who will be Sacrificed by Klopp from his first XI?

For Pulisic to get regular action at Anfield, Klopp must partway with one of his fringe players in January, after which a regular starter would be made to step down for the youngster.

Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino— despite his awful form, remain untouchable. Klopp will never drop any of the three strikers from his starting XI, considering the understanding, partnership and how lethal they’ve been since last season.

Origi and Solanke are reportedly going to be farmed out on loan in January as both players have failed to convince the German manager of their individual qualities.

Should both players leave the Anfield in the January transfer market, Klopp still needs to drop a player from his first XI. This is due to the fact that Solanke and Origi are all but fringe players who have fallen out of favour with the manager.

Klopp is likely to deploy the youngster at the middle of the pitch, this means either Xherdan Shaqiri or Fabinho’s place in the team is under intense pressure.

Shaqiri can operate as a playmaker or winger but it won’t be surprising to see the Swiss make way for Pulisic in the starting XI.

Pulisic has the same playing style with the former Stoke City man, hence, he would be a perfect like-for-like replacement.

However, Considering the way with which he started his Liverpool career, it will be very difficult for Klopp to release in January. Then, Brazil international Fabinho could be at risk of losing his place.

The former Monaco man has had a woeful start to life at Anfield but he’s gradually getting used Klopp’s philosophy. He has started three Premier League matches so far this season.

Three starts in a row might not be enough to stop Klopp from trading him for the USA prodigy.

Nonetheless, with the arrays of stars at Klopp’s disposal, getting Pulisic in the winter market shouldn’t be a must for Klopp and his employers, instead, the German tactician should give his fringe players more game-time to prove themselves

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