Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tried to convince Kylian Mbappe to move to Anfield from Monaco last summer prior to the attacker’s big-money switch to Paris Saint-Germain, according to L’Equipe.
After a stunning 2016-17 campaign at Monaco, Mbappe caught the attention of the football world and it was only a matter of time before he was snapped up by one of the so-called ‘bigger’ clubs.
In the end, PSG nabbed his signature in what was an initial loan deal that turned into a permanent move this summer for a staggering fee of more than £100m.
At the moment, the 19-year-old is proving that he is worth the money as he has scored 25 goals and registered 16 assists in 47 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants.
On top of that, Mbappe played a pivotal role in France lifting the World Cup in Russia over the summer.
Now it has emerged that Liverpool tried to sign the teenager before he chose PSG.
According to L’Equipe, manager Jurgen Klopp spent several hours trying to persuade Mbappe to move to Anfield, and even though the attacker was impressed by the coach’s charm, he opted to stay in France.
In recent history, Liverpool have had to watch their Premier League rivals win trophy after trophy, while they have been struggling to secure a top-four place.
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Over the last few seasons, though, there is a sense of change on Merseyside, and for the first time in years the club are genuine contenders for the league crown.
If these latest reports about Liverpool’s interest in Mbappe are to be believed, then it indicates that the Reds are back among football’s elite.
Years ago it would be unfathomable for the club to even attempt to sign a player of Mbappe’s ilk, but now they are worthy of targeting such talent and had he arrived at Anfield, he would have been starting ahead of Roberto Firmino.