Liverpool supporters reacted to Twitter activity from journalist Paul Joyce over the weekend as they hoped that he was hinting at a potential summer move for golden boy Kylian Mbappe.
The Times’ journo retweeted this video from the French forward of Lebron James meeting with the 20-year-old wearing a LFC baseball cap as reports indicate that uncertainty surrounds Mbappe’s future at Parc des Princes.
The former AS Monaco forward scored 47 goals and assisted 12 last season and the feeling across Europe is that he will one day win the Balon d’Or and become the undisputed best player in the world.
If Liverpool did exceed all expectations and sign Mbappe for more than the £166million that Paris Saint-Germain did to sign him from AS Monaco, it would be the most expensive signing in Premier League history.
It would also create a number of issues at Anfield as it would be a deal unlike any that has ever been considered by the FSG hierarchy.
The Reds were interested in signing Mbappe in 2017 when his future was under consideration, with the Telegraph reporting at the time that Liverpool were weighing up a move for the prodigy.
Ultimately, they decided they couldn’t compete with the financial power of Qatar-backed PSG and walked away from a potential deal. Now, however, two years later, the Frenchman’s future is once again being discussed but it seems doubtful that he will move to Anfield.
Mbappe earns a staggering £311,000 a week in France which is almost double what Virgil van Dijk is being paid at Liverpool and signing the former would present a serious issue to Klopp and co.
It would obliterate their wage structure and present serious obstacles when negotiating realistic contract renewals in the future as the likes of Mohamed Salah would want their fair share as well.
On top of that, it would raise questions over who would play where with the Egyptian the Reds’ current first choice right winger but Mbappe’s arrival would put that position under fire.
If Klopp does sign Mbappe, it wouldn’t be a bolt out of the blue in that the former Borussia Dortmund manager was previously interested in signing him but it would present numerous financial issues.
However, he would guarantee future success and would undoubtedly flourish under his unique man management.