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Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Ajax's Christian Eriksen after the playmaker revealed he's keen on a move to Borussia Dortmund.
The Reds are known to be trailing the talented Dane, but with Dortmund set to lose Mario Goetze to Bayern Munich next season, it looks as though they've stolen a march on the competition in the race for Eriksen.
'Dortmund are a club where I would like to play,' the 21-year-old told De Telegraaf.
'I think I would be a good fit there with the football there.
'Dortmund play nice, attacking football. The Bundesliga has never really been my preferred choice and a few years ago I would not even have considered it, but now I do.
'The competition is getting stronger and it is no coincidence the two Champions League finalists are German clubs.
'I know there has been contact between the two clubs, and both Ajax and Dortmund have already talked to my agent.
'I will consider all the clubs and quietly make a decision. I want clarity when preparing for the new season, that's the best thing - for everyone.'