One of the most enduring transfer sagas of the last year or so has been the will they/won’t they relationship between Liverpool and Kylian Mbappe. The Reds have been relentlessly linked with the superstar Frenchman in recent transfer windows. Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, ex-Reds defender Stephen Warnock has explained why Kylian Mbappe may not want a move to Anfield.
The former Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United full back was speaking to the ECHO about Jürgen Klopp’s future transfer prospects when he gave his view on the PSG rumours:
“Would Mbappe go to Liverpool? You know what, why wouldn’t he come? Why wouldn’t he want to play against the best players in the Premier League and really test himself? I think the one problem we face over here with players like that is they often feel like they can only win the Ballon d’Or if they go to Real Madrid or Barcelona. Why can’t there be a shift? Why can’t there be a Premier League team who dominates Europe for a number of years?”
What RTK has to say
Stephen Warnock is spot on with his assessment of the Kylian Mbappe situation. His remarks shed light on an issue that has manipulated the transfer market for a decade and will continue to do so for a few more years.
The last 10 Ballon d’Or awards have gone to Real Madrid and Barcelona players – namely Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi until Luka Modric won it last year. If we look further back, 12 in the last 14 have gone to the La Liga giants’ players.
This dominance of the award is more down to two of the greatest footballers of all time than it is the clubs but it has undoubtedly had a profound effect on the transfer market. The two Spanish sides have won pretty much every major transfer tussle of recent seasons; Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho are just a handful of players that were wanted throughout Europe but ended up in La Liga.
For footballers looking to make history, they will inevitably see these two sides as the only place to do it. If Virgil van Dijk is crowned this year’s Ballon d’Or winner, it could mark the start of the shift that Warnock has predicted.