Klopp 'not surprised' by Elliott display for Liverpool in win
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Kylian Mbappe appears to be edging closer to a move to Real Madrid either this summer or next year, with the Frenchman yet to agree a new contract with PSG. Liverpool had been linked with the 2018 World Cup winner in recent years, but Jurgen Klopp has always played down their chances of landing the striker.
Kylian Mbappe’s stance about a move to Real Madrid appears to confirm Jurgen Klopp’s damming comments about Liverpool’s buying power.
France striker Mbappe is expected to leave PSG either this summer or in 12 months time as he seeks a new challenge.
Real Madrid are understood to have submitted a £137million bid for the 22-year-old, but PSG knocked that offer back.
Mbappe looks set to push for a move though, with a switch to the Bernabeu said to be his ‘childhoom dream’.
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Liverpool have also been linked with the 2018 World Cup winner, and were said to be waiting until he potentially becomes a free agent next summer.
And speaking earlier during this transfer window which has included mega-money moves from some of the biggest clubs in the world, Klopp admitted that the Reds were unable to do the same.
“We all know the situation of Chelsea, City and PSG for example, for United I don’t know how they do it, but we have our way to do it,” the German explained.
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“That was always the same. We can spend, we are allowed to spend the money we earn, that’s what we always did.
“That’s our situation. It’s not about me being surprised. I am never surprised by the financial power of Chelsea or City, or United.”
That appears to suggest that Liverpool were only ever real outsiders to land Mbappe, in truth.
And Real’s eagerness to get a move over the line while he is still under contract show that they are one step ahead of the Merseysiders, who would be unable to do so based on Klopp’s comments.
Addressing Liverpool’s reported interest in Mbappe in 2019, Klopp heaped praise on him but ruled out a move due to the club’s financial incapabilities.
He said: “Buying this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment that can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG.
“We are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that. Okay, 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.”
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