Kevin Kilbane told Off the Ball that the reason Liverpool aren’t looking at signing Kylian Mbappe and the like is due to his huge wage demands.
He said: “I don’t think they will go for him. The only reason why, you get Kylian Mbappe, you probably have to give him 300 grand a week, which is probably around double the wages Van Dijk is on.
“Why are Liverpool going to upset the club and bring a player in on almost double of what the rest of the players are on? I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
Liverpool would likely need to double the £165.7m that PSG paid for the French sensation in 2017 if they were interested in recruiting Mbappe and that’s before you get to his wages.
Virgil van Dijk, who has been Liverpool’s best player over the last 10 months, is on £180,000 per week which means that Mbappe would require another £120,000 every single week.
This would have a disastrous effect on Liverpool’s wage structure and it’s the reason that the Reds seem uninterested in making a move to buy Matthijs de Ligt.
The Dutchman is set to £340,000/week if he makes the switch from Ajax to PSG this summer, according to the Guardian.
One of Liverpool’s greatest strengths is that the players all work hard for each other because of the incredible harmony within the squad and that simply wouldn’t be the case if Klopp signed a player that was earning at least double what the entire squad does.