Jurgen Klopp concedes there is “absolutely no chance” of Liverpool signing Kylian Mbappe.
The Reds’ stock at the top end of the transfer market is sky-high following back-to-back Champions League finals.
But Klopp admits landing Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe is a non-starter for the European champions. The German had met with members of Mbappe’s family two years ago to try and convince him to move to Anfield, but the superstar decided to stay in France.
The Reds’ impending kit deal with Nike – who sponsor Mbappe – plus their lack of recent transfer activity, fuelled rumours that Mbappe would move to Merseyside. A social media campaign, #Mbappe2020, also saw thousands of Tweets.
But Klopp said: “Buying this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. I don’t see any club, that is how it is. And we are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that. OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him. What a player he is. But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance. Sorry for killing that story.”
Speaking generally about transfers, Klopp added: “I don’t think we struggle with convincing players. When you speak to a player you can feel it, this year, last year, even three years ago, you can see in the eyes of a player, I am not sure if honour is the right word, that it is good that we speak to them. The club is in a very good position. Image-wise, it maybe always was but now I think it is easier to live the life of a Liverpool supporter and that means automatically being in a situation to sign the players you want to sign.”Photo Credit: Getty