Liverpool have got their eye on Kylian Mbappe, according to ESPN presenter Steve Dawson of the Blood Red podcast.
The Reds were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in their history on Thursday night after Manchester City lost to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, capping off what has been a wonderful season for the Anfield club so far.
Jurgen Klopp was rumoured to have held a conversation with the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s entourage regarding a potential move to Liverpool in the past, and Dawson believes there is a genuine interest in signing the player.
Speaking on the Blood Red podcast, Dawson said: “I really think Liverpool have got their eye on Kylian Mbappe with the Nike deal having gone through and all of the hints that the player himself and occasionally the club drop, I think there’s a relationship there. It’s not a question of him replacing Sadio Mane or [Roberto] Firmino or Mo Salah. It’s a question of having four world-class players competing for three spots and they’d all get lots of football. It’s that kind of deal that I think Liverpool can and should make now.”
Mbappe is currently valued at £162m according to Transfermarkt.co.uk, so if Liverpool were to make a move for the 21-year-old, it is fair to assume they would have to break the bank to land him.
Is Kylian Mbappe worth breaking the bank for?
Since joining the French champions in a deal reportedly worth £130.5m, he has scored an impressive 90 goals and provided 49 assists, with 30 goals of those goals coming in the current campaign. Klopp’s Liverpool are certainly not short of fire-power having managed 70 goals in their 31 Premier League fixtures so far this season.
Given the Reds pulled out of the race to sign Timo Werner this summer, with Jurgen Klopp suggesting spending such a vast amount of money on one player in this current climate wouldn’t be right (Sky Germany via TeamTalk), it’s difficult to see Liverpool making a u-turn and going after the French international forward.