Liverpool have received a huge shot in the arm if the latest report surrounding the future of Kylian Mbappe can be verified.
The brilliant France striker remains in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain after a speculation-filled summer. The 22-year-old looked set to depart the Parc de Princes and he even admitted that Real Madrid would have been his destination of choice.
However, despite staying with PSG, his thinking may well have changed now that Carlo Ancelotti is at the helm at the Bernabeu.
“If I had left this summer it would only have been to join Real Madrid,” Mbappe said in an interview with RMC in October.
“PSG decided not to sell me and I was OK with that decision.
“I kept playing in August and I didn’t have a problem with that, I’m still playing for a great team in a place where I was and I still am happy.
“Why did I want to go? I thought my adventure there was over, I wanted to discover a new thing.”
However, according to El Nacional, via Sports Mole the revered striker is “not convinced” by Italian boss Ancelotti.
It is also claimed by the Spanish outlet that Mbappe would prefer to play under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp if he was at the helm of the LaLiga giants.
Of course that is not happening, but his reported desire to work with Klopp could put the Reds in a very interesting position next summer.
According to L’Equipe, Klopp spent “several hours” trying to convince Mbappe to join the club in 2017. And from that meeting he has a “direct line” to the player.
Mbappe, who has scored seven goals and grabbed 11 assists for PSG this season, is out of contract in the French capital in 2022. In fact the attacker can speak to interested foreign clubs in January.
Real will undoubtedly be looking to make contact again with Mbappe’s representatives. They saw a number of bids turned down for Mbappe in the summer. Their final offer was believed to be for €200m.
PSG though stood firm and offered Mbappe a new two-year deal, which the player turned down.
Liverpool have their own contractual problems with Mo Salah’s deal set to expire in 2023.
There has been little sign of a breakthrough in talks with reports suggesting Salah is chasing a deal in excess of £400,000 a week.
Klopp is currently faced with losing Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all in 2023.
That would be a seismic blow to Klopp and Liverpool. But the idea of landing Mbappe would definitely soften the hit.
Mbappe has been performing admirably for PSG, despite his public desire to leave in the summer.
He was the star in the weekend’s 3-2 away victory over Bordeaux on Saturday, scoring the third goal.
“We’re weren’t worried,” he said afterwards. “I think today’s match wasn’t as it has been recently.
“They scored at the death and it’s something we could have avoided, but we didn’t suffer in the match.
“We’ve suffered more in recent weeks than we have today.”
Mbappe was also asked about Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play.
No V.O.C for Pochettino from Mbappe
“I think we have periods of good quality in which we’ve shown how good we are,” he said.
“I will say, though, that it hasn’t been enough with the team that we’ve got, but we try to improve every day. We’re improving.
“I respect people’s opinions. Everyone has a right to an opinion. People think we play badly.
“I personally don’t think we’re playing well at the moment, but we’re winning.
“I think we’ll keep working because we have a hard-working group.”
But Mbappe refused to give coach under-pressure coach Mauricio Pochettino a vote of confidence.
“I’m not the person who should be talking about that and whether there’s time or not,” Mbappe said.
“It’s the president, Leonardo and the directors who need to say that.”