Liverpool have been backed to beat Spanish giants Real Madrid to the signing of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe for one major reason.
Former England striker Kevin Phillips believes that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp can be key in persuading the France attacker to sign.
The 21-year-old is being continually linked with a move away next summer, with his current contract up in 2022.
Real Madrid have a long-standing interest in the pacy forward. However, the Reds have emerged as major rivals for his signature over the past year.
And with Real being hit financially hard by the coronavirus, the Anfield outfit have a realistic shot at signing Mbappe.
For those reasons, Phillips is backing Klopp to convince the player that Liverpool is the right club for him.
“I think Klopp can persuade Mbappe to come,” he told Football Insider.
“It is all well and good playing for PSG but he is playing against nobody. As a player, come and challenge yourself in the Premier League.
“Come to the best league in the world. Come to one of the best clubs in the world and challenge yourself against top defenders week in, week out.
“I would love to see him in the Premier League.
“If one of Liverpool’s front three were to move on – what a player Mbappe would be for Liverpool.
“I could not see [Mohamed] Salah or [Sadio[ Mane leaving but [Roberto] Firmino might be the one that could make way. You make room for Mbappe in any side.
“Klopp has enough pulling power to convince any player to come to Liverpool.”
Salah sale would not hurt Liverpool
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s play is too one-dimensional and Jurgen Klopp would therefore not miss him if he left, according to one pundit. Despite that, Salah is currently backed at 9/2 in the online betting odds on offer at Betfair, not bad considering Klopp’s rumoured thoughts.
Among the plethora of top signings Klopp has made at Anfield, Salah has an argument to be the best.
The Egyptian has netted over 100 goals since his arrival, finishing as the Reds’ top scorer in each of his three seasons there. What’s more, he became the fourth-fastest player to reach 50 Premier League strikes.
Indeed, some of the goals in his collection have proved more crucial than others; the penalty in the 2019 Champions League final and his last-minute strike against Manchester United stand out, for instance.
According to David James, though, Salah’s record of eight Premier League goals this term does not tell the full story. The former goalkeeper insists that Liverpool look “better” without him on the field.
James told Stadium Astro: “I’ve said this before and it’s not that Mo Salah isn’t a great player, it’s just that Liverpool seem to look better without him on the field because there is more fluidity.
“When players can pop it around, it causes problems to defend.
“Players who pick the ball up and run with it, essentially you only have to stop them. That is what happens with Salah, even though he has scored eight goals [this season].” Read more…