Kylian Mbappe and Liverpool. A match made in the heaven in the eyes of Reds supporters. Much has been made in the past week of Mohamed Salah’s future following an uncharacteristic interview with Spanish outlet AS and if the Egyptian was to leave Anfield, Mbappe would surely be among the contenders to replace him.
The record-breaking operation would only become possible if Salah or Sadio Mane was to leave the club and as things stand that remains unlikely.
Mbappe has 18 months remaining on his current Paris Saint-Germain deal and the more his contract runs down, the more power the player holds.
In truth, PSG is hardly the most attractive project on the planet and their failure to deliver their first-ever Champions League title last summer will have cut deep.
It’s football’s ultimate prize at club level and like all great players, Mbappe is desperate to get his hands on the trophy.
Coincidentally, the two clubs that are set to go head-to-head for Mbappe’s signature know a thing or two about European Cups.
Jurgen Klopp delivered Liverpool’s sixth in Madrid, a city that is no stranger to a Champions League title in recent times.
Zinedine Zidane is desperate to bring Mbappe to the Bernabeu but it’s impossible to ignore the forward’s flirtation with a move to Liverpool.
Earlier this year, he labelled the Reds “a machine” and laid on record his admiration for the Premier League champions. It’s clear this is a team he’d enjoy being a part of.
“What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,” Mbappe told the BBC in January. “They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like ‘we play again, we play again’.
“They’ve lost zero games. When you watch you think everything’s easy but that’s not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.
“Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it’s a very good team with a very good manager.”
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The 22-year-old has also admitted in the past that he likes to play with the Reds on FIFA.
“Maybe Liverpool, because they win the Champions League,” Mbappe said, when asked which team he uses on the video game.
Journalist Herculez Gomez then asked him: “Oh, so you like Jurgen Klopp then?”
To which Mbappe replied: “Yeah, he’s good!”
Ahead of Liverpool’s dramatic 3-2 Champions League win over PSG in September 2018, Mbappe and Klopp embraced in the tunnel and after the game on the pitch.
Over a year later in November 2019, Klopp was quick to shut down reports linking his side to Mbappe, claiming the financial figures involved in the deal do not add up.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG,” he said.
“I don’t see any club, that is how it is. And we are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that.
“OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him. What a player he is. But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance. Sorry for killing that story.”
The truth is, the link is not dead in the water. Should Mbappe become available, there’s every chance Klopp will ask FSG to assess the landscape.
This is a deal that could elevate the Reds to the next level and if Salah decides he wants to leave the club, Mbappe to Liverpool is certainly a goer.