Jurgen Klopp has killed the dreams of Liverpool fans by insisting there is ‘absolutely no chance’ of Kylian Mbappe joining the club.
The Paris Saint-German star has been the subject of a speculative social media campaign from Reds fans, with #Mbappe2020 trending on Twitter following the news of the Reds’ upcoming kit deal with Nike.
Mbappe is one of Nike’s most high-profile athletes, and there were claims online that their new kit agreement would help the Reds sign the World Cup winner – in a deal that reportedly could have seen Mohamed Salah leave the club.
Plus, the fact Klopp met with members of Mbappe’s family two years ago to try and convince him to move to Anfield, only for the forward to decide to stay in France, and former Monaco team-mate Fabinho teasing that he would try to persuade the PSG ace to make the move, made fans believe it could actually happen.
But the German coach has poured cold water on the sensational story, saying a transfer deal to bring Mbappe to Anfield is impossible.
And he apologised to disappointed fans.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult,” Klopp said ahead on Sunday’s Premier League title showdown with Manchester City.
“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.
Jurgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions Liverpool could sign £200million-rated Kylian Mbappe[/caption]
“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.”
But Klopp insists the club have no problem attracting the top players in the world to Anfield.
Liverpool’s stock in European, and indeed world, football as risen a great deal after making back-to-back Champions League finals and lifting the trophy last season for the sixth time in their history.
The Reds, along with City, have also been dominant domestically over the last two years and Klopp insists the club are in a ‘very good position’.
“I don’t think we struggle with convincing players,” he added.
“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.”
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