Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has quashed rumours linking his side with a move for French superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Talk of a potential transfer gained momentum after Liverpool won their legal battle with current kit suppliers New Balance to change to Nike, who Mbappe is signed with.
The idea of a marquee signing to go with the kit deal and Klopp’s obvious admiration for the 20-year-old had Liverpool fans dreaming of Mbappe joining Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in a frightening attacking quartet.
Klopp previously held discussions with the World Cup winner’s family in 2017, but Mbappe elected to join PSG, initially on loan and then for a £160 million fee.
Mbappe has gone onto net 51 times in 63 outings for the Ligue 1 champions.
There is no doubt that Anfield is a more attractive destination now than in 2017 after the Reds’ Champions League triumph last season and with the club sitting six points clear at the summit of the Premier League, it is no surprise that they are linked to players of Mbappe’s quality.
However, Klopp has dismissed any chance of Liverpool signing the French forward, saying that he would cost too much money.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG,” Klopp was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“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.”
Despite #Mbappe2020 now looking unlikely, the Liverpool manager believes the club is in a good position to be able to sign top talent.
“I don’t think we struggle with convincing players,” Klopp said.
“When you speak to a player you can feel it, this year, last year, even three years ago, you can see in the eyes of a player, I am not sure if honour is the right word, that it is good that we speak to them.
“The club is in a very good position.
“Image-wise, it maybe always was but now I think it is easier to live the life of a Liverpool supporter and that means automatically being in a situation to sign the players you want to sign.”News Now - Sport News