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Liverpool must sign Benzema 2.0 in Kylian Mbappe

This could be quite the summer for Liverpool who will be aiming to achieve something that very few will think is possible; becoming an even better team.

Although a Premier League title triumph is now against the odds for Jurgen Klopp’s side, the Reds could still come away from this season with a treble, something that would be finalised by winning the Champions League final in Paris against Real Madrid.

Liverpool will seek revenge for that horrible night in 2018 when Loris Karius endured a nightmare between the sticks but the two European heavyweights could go toe to toe in the transfer market too.

That’s because the pair are both interested in signing Kylian Mbappe.

The £144m-rated superstar is set to become a free agent this summer if he doesn’t renew his contract in the French capital, with Madrid believed to be one of the clubs keen to secure his signature.

Reports from France a few days ago claimed Klopp’s men had entered ‘the dance’ to sign the player and if he arrives in Merseyside, it would be an incredible piece of business.

Their title rivals Manchester City have already secured a move for Erling Haaland but this deal would surely one-up the Citizens.

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For starters, the 23-year-old has been phenomenal in front of goal this term, finding the back of the net on 36 occasions, seven more times than Haaland. Mbappe also has a whopping 26 assists, 18 more than the Norwegian hitman.

With that in mind, it’s hardly a surprise to hear Jonathan Woodgate suggest he could take on a certain Virgil van Dijk and succeed.

Speaking to the BBC, the former defender once said: “The pace of Kylian Mbappe would frighten any defender, including Virgil van Dijk. He is that quick.”

The PSG attacker is in a world of his own when it comes to offensive threat and beating his marker for ease but there are parallels that can be drawn.

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Indeed, the most similar player to Mbappe according to FB Ref is his fellow countryman Karim Benzema, a man with 44 goals in as many games this term.

A deeper look at the numbers tells you there are more parallels between the two than just goalscoring, though.

Both of them average 41% of their shots on target whilst their non-penalty expected goals per 90 sit between 0.53 and 0.56.

Their shot-creating actions are also similar with Mbappe managing 4.94 to Benzema’s 4.28 per 90 minutes. Finally, they take nearly the same number of touches on average too, with the PSG star taking 58 and the Real Madrid goal machine taking 53 every 90 minutes.

With that in mind, he’d clearly be an extraordinary acquisition and one FSG must seal if the Reds want to continue making more history.

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