Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has finally delivered his verdict on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool after the Frenchman described the runaway Premier League leaders as ‘a machine’.
The World Cup-winning forward has taken the world by storm since his arrival on the footballing scene. A title-winning season with Monaco earnt the youngster a move to PSG in 2017 in a transfer worth £165.7m million.
Mbappe was recently labelled as the most valuable player in world football according to CIES Football Observatory . The Frenchman finished ahead of Reds duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as well as former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.
He reaffirmed his commitment to current club PSG despite numerous reports linking the forward with a move to Real Madrid. Liverpool are another European heavyweight who have been highly touted as a potential suitor for Mbappe and the Franch international admitted he has been watching Liverpool’s title charge with admiration.
“What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,” Mbappe said in an interview with BBC Sport. “They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like ‘we play again, we play again’.
“They’ve lost zero games. When you watch you think everything’s easy but that’s not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.
“Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it’s a very good team with a very good manager.”
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Mbappe’s comments typify the gargantuan rise Klopp has overseen at Liverpool. Whilst the German was undergoing his first full campaign in charge of the Reds, Mbappe was inspiring his AS Monaco side to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2016/17 season.
Liverpool back then were getting into Europe by the skin of their teeth. Now, they are 16 points ahead at the Premier League summit having only played 22 league matches. The European champions are the only team still unbeaten in Europe’s top-five leagues this season and they have claimed 161 points from a possible 180 over the last 18 months.
There simply isn’t a team that can come anywhere near the devestating levels that Klopp’s juggernauts are currently operating on. No wonder Mbappe is watching the Reds with a genuine interest.