When it comes to rumours, it’s often difficult to tell just how seriously they should be taken, but it seems there could be something a little more to the chatter around Kylian Mbappe and Liverpool.
The 22-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in world football right now and, with his current contract set to end in June 22, there is a lot of talk about his future and potential transfers.
Liverpool are thought to be set to throw their hat into the ring this summer, as reported by Le Parisien, but owners FSG may have planted the seeds back in 2017.
During Mbappe’s days at Monaco, John W. Henry took the Frenchman and his family on a trip around the Nice bay in his private jet, which is said to have left a ‘great impression’ – as reported by L’Equipe (via the Daily Mail).
As stated in the aforementioned Le Parisien report, Liverpool are seen as a legitimate option for the PSG superstar, but Real Madrid are thought to be his ‘dream’ destination.
That doesn’t stop speculation, however, and even the likes of Jamie Carragher believes Anfield would be a “perfect” stomping ground for Mbappe, as the Reds legend told CBS Sports (via the Metro): “I know Jurgen Klopp had spoken to him.
“When Liverpool were in the Champions League final and won a couple of years ago, I think anyone watching Liverpool there with Klopp and the support of Anfield, if you’re ever gonna go to a club in England before you go to Real Madrid…
“Because I think he will, guaranteed, play for Real Madrid at some stage in his career but I’d always feel that maybe Liverpool is that perfect destination for a player like that before you make that next step.”
A key issue for Liverpool would be trying to convince FSG to part ways with Mbappe, with the Ligue 1 outfit keen on the striker extending his stay in Paris beyond 2022.
But the World Cup winner has already shown some admiration toward the Reds and Klopp. “Liverpool have been a machine in the Premier League,” he told the Daily Mirror, after the 2019 Champions League final.
“To be as ruthless as they have been would come from lots of hard work in training and from having a very good manager.”