Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can be key in persuading Kylian Mbappe to move to Anfield, according to former England striker Kevin Phillips. Mbappe is linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain next summer, with his contract with the French club expiring in 2022. Real Madrid have a long-standing interest in the France international.
But Mbappe has revealed his admiration for Liverpool before and Real’s financial situation could put that move in doubt.
And Phillips has backed Klopp to convince the 21-year-old the Reds are the right club for him.
“I think Klopp can persuade Mbappe to come,” he told Football Insider.
“It is all well and good playing for PSG but he is playing against nobody. As a player, come and challenge yourself in the Premier League.
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“Come to the best league in the world. Come to one of the best clubs in the world and challenge yourself against top defenders week in, week out.
“I would love to see him in the Premier League.
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“If one of Liverpool’s front three were to move on – what a player Mbappe would be for Liverpool.
“I could not see [Mohamed] Salah or [Sadio[ Mane leaving but [Roberto] Firmino might be the one that could make way. You make room for Mbappe in any side.
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“Klopp has enough pulling power to convince any player to come to Liverpool.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool goalkeeper David James claims Klopp’s side are better without Salah and that selling him next summer should not be ruled out.
Salah missed the 3-0 win over Leicester on Sunday after contracting coronavirus during the international break.
“Yeah I think if the price is right, any player’s going to be sold isn’t he,” James told Stadium Astro.
“It depends what that price is but it’s a difficult argument because you’ve got a goalscorer who consistently scores goals, and that’s what teams want.
“If he went to a different league and a different country, then it would make more sense.
“But I don’t think Liverpool are dependent on Salah and that’s a good thing for Jurgen Klopp to have.
“However, you still need to replace him, and then who do you replace him with? Because [Diogo] Jota or Mane or Firmino are not going to be playing in every game.
“I don’t think [Salah’s] indispensable, put it that way.”
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