Jamie Carragher has warned Liverpool they would be wrong to think their goals output would go up if they signed the likes of Jadon Sancho or Kylian Mbappe in mega deals this summer.
Mbappe, 21, has starred for PSG since in a €180million deal in 2017, but it seems his time in the French capital is coming to a close amid strong reports linking him with both Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Reports have claimed Liverpool have the funds to sign the France international, but Jurgen Klopp, who met the player’s family members in an bid to convince him to sign for Liverpool two years ago, says they have “absolutely no chance” of signing the player.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult,” said Klopp. “I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. 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.”
However, links to Mbappe refuse to go away with the player often talking about his admiration for Klopp’s side and all they have achieved – even if any deal to sign him would likely come with a world-record fee of around £200million.
It’s a similar story with Sancho, with the teenager likely to cost well in excess of £100m were he to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.
And that is a stance shared by Carragher, who reckons Klopp will be well aware that signing either player as a replacement for his established front three would see the club struggle to replicate the sort of goals ratio they are producing now.
“If you looked at Liverpool’s front three and asked fans which one they would rather go, every one of them would say [Mohamed] Salah. But then you look at those numbers,” Carragher told Monday Night Football. “There is talk of Kylian Mbappe being the dream for Liverpool. Maybe that’s not realistic.
“There is also talk of Jadon Sancho. That probably is realistic for every top team in the Premier League. Mbappe is world class, maybe the man to overtake Messi and Ronaldo. Sancho is on the verge of being world class.
“But I think it would be so difficult for them, in their first two-and-a-half years at Liverpool, to get those numbers. That is why Liverpool need to be careful. Look at the numbers. Only Lionel Messi in European football is above this man.
“Liverpool need an attacking player to come in because Salah is maybe going to go to the Olympics and then the African Nations Cup, Mane the same, and bringing Divock Origi on in Madrid is not enough for the European champions.
“But no way in the world should they be even thinking about looking at moving this player on.”