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Liverpool Boss Keen On A Move For Superstar Striker: A Realistic Possibility Or A Distant Dream?

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In a recent print edition, AS has reported that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keen on a move for Paris Saint-Germain marksman Kylian Mbappe. However, it is understood that the Reds are currently trailing Real Madrid in the race to secure the French striker’s signature next summer as the player prefers to join the Spanish champions (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).

Mbappe’s Stellar Record At Le Parc des Princes

Despite missing three matches due to the COVID-19 virus, the AS Monaco youth product has done well to make an incredible start to this campaign after banging in four goals and providing four assists in four appearances for PSG in the Ligue 1.

Mbappe even had a highly productive season for his current employers the last term when he put in several mesmerising displays on his way to helping his side win the league title by quite some distance. He featured in 37 matches for the Parisian giants last season, registering 30 goals and 19 assists in various competitions.

The 21-year-old was excellent with his attacking contributions in the previous campaign as he averaged 4.4 shots, 2.0 key passes and 2.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the French top-flight. The ex-Monaco talent managed to interchange possession well with his teammates in the opposition half as evident from his pass completion rate of 80.4% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp keen on a move for Mbappe who is celebrating in the photo
Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal during the French Cup semi-final football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on March 4, 2020. (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP via Getty Images)

What Are The French International’s Greatest Strengths?

Mbappe is amongst the fastest players in world football and can breeze past players using his blistering pace and agility. He is a sensational dribbler and can be a joy to watch when he is running at full-swing in the attacking end of the pitch.

The 36-time French international excels at getting himself into some promising areas inside the opposition penalty box and is a lethal finisher in front of goal. He has got a great engine in him and can even create some meaningful chances for his teammates to score in the final third.

Is It A Realistic Possibility Or A Distant Dream For Liverpool To Sign Mbappe Next Summer?

At the moment, Liverpool does not have the funds to compete with the likes of Real Madrid for Mbappe’s signature as they might struggle to match his current wages every week. If the claims about the Frenchman preferring a move to the Spanish capital is accurate, then it will be a big blow to the Merseyside outfit’s chances of landing him at the end of this campaign. Hence, it seems like a move for Mbappe is more of a distant dream for the Reds right now rather than a realistic possibility but that could soon change if they end up winning more silverware next year.

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