Rickie Lambert says he “dreamed” that Liverpool’s lucrative new kit deal with Nike would allow them to sign Kylian Mbappe in a big-money move.
The Reds ended their association with New Balance at the end of last season, signing a new multi-year partnership with Nike.
The partnership increased loosely-tied links with a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe. The Frenchman has his own sponsorship with the company.
Indeed, the 21-year-old has also previously revealed his admiration for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, for the German turning his side into a European superpower once again.
Speaking to talkSPORT, former Liverpool forward Lambert has insisted that, with a move for Mbappe unlikely, Klopp still needs to bring in another attacker.
“I would like to see Liverpool bring in at least one more forward to help with the goals, to help the front three and to give it a little bit more competition,” he said.
“You always dream, don’t you?” he added. “I was thinking with Nike taking over, every time you take over a team, they always have a marquee signing.
“I was hoping Mbappe or something. But I think he is out of our reach, to be honest.”
Liverpool have so far shown a general reluctance to spend in the transfer market. The Reds went after Timo Werner, but his €50million release clause put the Merseysiders off.
What’s more, Liverpool walked away from Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis after the Canaries rejected their £10million bid.
Klopp’s men have brought in a new left-back, however, with Kostas Tsimikas arriving from Olympiacos.
There are also suggestions that Liverpool are keen on Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara. Although, his asking price of around £27million is again reported to be a problem.
LIVERPOOL CONSIDERING OFFER FOR GOALKEEPER TALENT
Meanwhile, Anfield officials are reportedly considering offering young goalkeeper Javier Cendon a contract.
The 19-year-old and former Valencia goalkeeper has joined Liverpool on their pre-season training camp in Austria.
And reports claim he has impressed several coaches with his performances.