Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has explained why Kylian Mbappe signing for the Reds still wouldn’t ensure success under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool struggled for large parts of the previous campaign after injury ravaged their central defensive ranks. But further forward, many were shocked to see their once lethal frontline so easily blunted with regularity.
A late season surge saw the Reds avert disaster and secure Champions League qualification. But Liverpool fans are under no illusion vast improvements must be made if they are to once again challenge Man City at the top.
Two players in particular who must step up are Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. The pair endured their worst seasons since moving to Anfield in the goals per game metric.
As such, ambitious rumours of a shock Mbappe switch to Liverpool have persistently done the rounds.
Mbappe has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and is understood to be open to a fresh challenge.
A move to Liverpool remains a possibility either this summer or next as a potential free agent. Though such a deal would appear highly unlikely given Liverpool’s relatively sedate transfer strategy under FSG that rarely sees them atop the net spend chart.
And even if they were to acquire the French superstar, Crouch doesn’t believe it would guarantee them domestic success anyway.
Via the Liverpool Echo, Crouch found it hard to ignore the strength of Man City even with Mbappe potentially in the Liverpool frontline.
“Kylian Mbappe, he would be an ideal signing, but do Liverpool have the financial clout? A deal for Mbappe would cost a heck of a lot of money.
“The way he plays, and the way Liverpool play with that energy and pace, Mbappe would freshen up that front three.
“But the way Liverpool have bought in the past is not buying someone at the top of their game now. It’s buying someone and then improving them.
“Even if they did sign Mbappe, that wouldn’t guarantee them the title. He’s a top player, I get that. But Manchester City are so strong and whoever their rivals sign, that won’t tie up the league.”
Liverpool, Chelsea monitoring blockbuster La Liga swap
Meanwhile, Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly ready to pounce on a deal for Saul Niguez if the midfielder’s surprise swap move to Barcelona falls through.
Saul has been mentioned as a target for the Premier League pair. While Manchester United have also been mentioned as suitors. In fact the latest update from AS (via Sport Witness) suggests that Atletico think they are more likely to find a buyer for Saul in England.
Things though have moved quickly on Wednesday and Atletico are now in “advanced talks” with Barcelona over an unusual swap deal.
It’s very rare for a straight swap deal to occur in the modern game. And according to Fabrizio Romano, Barca want money too.
Barcelona are prepared to exchange France forward Antoine Griezmann, who used to ply his trade with Atletico. The Catalan giants though want some money to accompany the swap.
Romano reports that both players are happy with the deal. The two LaLiga clubs are now talking over the numbers with Saul understood to be valued at €40m to €50m.