Liverpool would be ‘perfect’ step for Kylian Mbappe before Real Madrid transfer, says Jamie Carragher

The 22-year-old is expected to be in-demand this summer if he doesn’t renew his contract in France

Karl Matchett
Thursday 18 February 2021 15:56 GMT
PSG striker Kylian Mbappe
PSG striker Kylian Mbappe (AFP via Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher says he’s getting “excited” about the possibility of Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe moving to Liverpool in the future, suggesting it would be the “perfect” switch to make before ending up at Real Madrid.

The World Cup-winning striker has been widely linked with half of Europe’s top clubs over the last 12 months and those rumours will only intensify as the 2020/21 season draws to a close, with Mbappe having one more year left on his contract.

Carragher’s former club are one of those who are said to be both keen on the move and able to finance it, with the defender-turned-pundit saying he knows the Reds were keen on Mbappe last time he moved clubs.

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“I’m not joking, it was based on the fact that Liverpool thought they had a decent chance of getting Mbappe when he was at Monaco,” he said on CBS Sports.

“I know Jurgen Klopp had spoken to him then and I’m sure other clubs had at that time.”

Carragher explained that he feels Mbappe is likely to eventually head to the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real at times making it their intent to sign the top attackers in world football as part of their sporting and marketing strategies.

But before then, he points out, there might be clues from the PSG striker himself that the Anfield club could be in the running for his services.

“I think he will, guaranteed, play for Real Madrid at some stage in his career but I’d always feel that maybe Liverpool is that perfect destination for a player like that before you make that next step.

“It would be Liverpool or Manchester City because they are the two top teams you’d see in the Premier League, but there’s no doubt on social media, he’s put a couple of things out when Liverpool have been playing at home in the Champions League and it’s got us all a little bit excited.”

Mbappe hit a hat-trick against Barcelona in a 4-1 Champions League win in midweek and he has 21 goals in all competitions this season. Liverpool’s top scorer, Mohamed Salah, notched one of his own in Europe in the 2-0 win over Leipzig and has 24 goals so far this term.

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