This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Eldesmarque.com, Liverpool have entered the race to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG.
The France international is said to be a primary objective for Real Madrid as he continues to dispatch all of those who come before him in Ligue 1.
However, Eldesmarque.com are reporting that the Reds are also keen on the 20-year-old. The article adds that, due to the fact Liverpool spent so little in the summer, they have deep pockets and could pay €250m (£215.4m) for the World Cup winner. That would be alongside his €40m (£34.4m)-a-year salary.
There is no doubting that Mbappe is a world-class footballer. In the 158 professional club games he has played to date, he has scored 96 goals and provided 52 assists, and internationally, he already has 33 caps and has won the World Cup, in Russia last year.
However, would he even get in to Liverpool’s team? The answer is, probably not.
This season, he has played predominantly as a winger, with seven matches coming on the left and two on the right. On the flanks the Reds have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. The former joined the Reds in 2017 and, since then, he has bagged 79 goals in 120 games, compared to the former Monaco man’s 69 in 98 during the same time period. Mbappe has the slightly better record, but whether he would be as prolific in a far more competitive league is up for debate. The Egypt international has proven his worth to Liverpool and is perhaps their star player. It would be foolish to take him out of the side.
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It is the same in regards to Sadio Mane. The Senegal international does not have as strong a goal record over the last two-and-a-bit seasons – even if he does have an albeit impressive 56 strikes in 110 games – but he offers so much to Jurgen Klopp’s team. Lions of Teranga teammate Ismaila Sarr said that he is the best in the world for him and, if you think that the Watford winger’s opinion is too biased, then consider that Lionel Messi voted for the 27-year-old for UEFA’s The Best award this year.
Of course, Mbappe could feature as the striker – that is where he has played the most of his games, as per Transfermarkt – but Liverpool have Roberto Firmino. Yes, the Brazil international does not have a strong goalscoring record for a striker, with 44 goals in 119 games, but he doesn’t need to be as prolific with those other two alongside him. It is his teamwork that makes him such an important part of this side. Mbappe would struggle to fill in that role. For example, he averaged 4.2 attempted dribbles last season in the league at centre-forward compared to Firmino’s 2.1, which perhaps alludes to a lack of suitability to the role on offer at Liverpool.
Mane and Salah have already had their differences this term. Throwing another goal-hungry winger into the mix could disrupt the team’s harmony. Mbappe is a stunning footballer, and will go on to have a great career, we’re sure. But a move to Liverpool just doesn’t make that much sense at this .