Liverpool FC know that the chances of them signing AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé are remote but have no other strikers on their radar.
Liverpool’s interest in AS Monaco wonder kid Kylian Mbappé has been described by James Pearce of the Liverpool ECHO as the “longest of long shots.”
Pearce claims that the Reds believe the French striker will either “accept Monaco’s offer of an eye-watering 900% pay rise and stay put for another 12 months or move to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee having already held talks with Zinedine Zidane.”
The fact that Liverpool are aware that their chances of actually signing the forward are slim comes as no surprise, to be 100% honest.
The Reds would have known that being one of the brightest young talents in world football, Mbappé was never going to be short of potential suitors.
However, as Pearce puts it “if you don’t ask, you don’t get,” and the Reds were right to throw their hat into the ring just in case the player fancied a move to England, rather than the high-pressure environment surrounding Real Madrid.
The club are said to have known they stood far more of a chance than the other English club interested – Arsenal – due to their ability to offer potential Champions League football.
What is interesting about the Mbappé interest, is that despite Liverpool’s interest in the French striker, Pearce claims there are no other centre-forwards on their list of targets for this summer.
Centre-back, central midfield and left-back are all said to be Klopp’s main areas of focus this summer after bolstering his wing options with the £36.9m signing of Mohamed Salah last week.
Any reciprocation from Mbappé would’ve evidently changed their minds but it seems as if it was always going to be a case of signing the French starlet, or no striker at all.
Klopp is said to be more than happy going into the 2017/18 season with the attacking options he already has at his disposal, despite Firmino not being seen as a true number nine, Origi’s consistency issues and the injury problems that both Sturridge and Ings have suffered over the last couple of years.
While Mbappé may have been out of the Reds reach for now, the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have both been linked with moves away from their current clubs and would’ve been avenues well worth exploring.
What do you think? Should Liverpool be looking at signing another striker, or are there other areas of importance to address this summer?