Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic says he will be “forever” grateful to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for giving him his first chance to impress at Borussia Dortmund.
The American left his homeland to sign for
Dortmund as a 16-year-old in 2015 and
began life at the Bundesliga club training
with their famous youth academy.
It was not until after Klopp had left that
Pulisic made his first team debut the
Reflecting on his early days, however, the
21-year-old picked out the moment he
found out he had been summoned by the
German to train with the senior squad for
the first time.
“I will never forget that one day I was in
class and I looked at my phone and it was a
text from my youth coach saying you are
training with the first team tonight,” he told
“The rest of the day I wasn’t even paying
I couldn’t think of anything else.
“I’m getting ready, going to training and it’s
just unreal I was 16 or 17 and I’m going in
the warm-up and there’s huge names at the
“There’s [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang,
Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, [Henrikh]
Mkhitaryan – they were just in the Champions League final the year before.
“It’s like I’m going in and I’m just this 16-
year-old kid. I was thinking just do my best.
“I was just so excited and I’m just thankful
to Jurgen Klopp that he gave me that opportunity.
“I’ll take that with me forever and I’m