Kylian Mbappe had a frustrating campaign at Paris Saint-Germain despite his performances on the field. The club missed out on the Ligue 1 crown to Lille and was beaten in the Champions League semi-finals by Manchester City. In terms of European football, PSG is becoming the nearly side. Even with Mbappe and Neymar operating at the peak of their powers in the final third, the French outfit have not managed to claim the European crown.
Due to his outstanding pedigree, Mbappe was considered one of the leading contenders in the UEFA European Football Championship betting odds to win the golden boot at the tournament. He has not disappointed at an international level, delivering key performances in France’s 2018 World Cup triumph. However, it will be interesting to see whether he tolerates continued failures at the domestic level, with many of the elite teams in the world circling for his signature.
The problem for Mbappe is that there is a narrow pool of clubs that would be able to afford him at the moment. Real Madrid has financial issues and must sell before they can add to their squad. Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, and Gareth Bale are all deemed surplus to requirements. Although they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, a lot of their key players from their past runs to success such as Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema are closer to the end of their careers than their prime years. It might not be the best move available considering that Carlo Ancelotti has a lot of work ahead of him to overhaul an aging team.
Barcelona has greater financial problems than its Clasico rivals. Unless they are willing to shift Lionel Messi or a large portion of their players in the final third, they are unlikely to be able to afford a move for Mbappe. The Frenchman would then have the challenge of becoming the long-term replacement for Messi, which would be a massive burden for any player to bear.
In England, Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with moves for the forward. City seemingly has their sights set on Harry Kane and Jack Grealish rather than the 22-year-old. Liverpool could be his best option. There have been long-standing links between Mbappe and the Merseysiders, and if they are able to raise the funds then it would be a good move for both parties.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were off the boil last season and are both approaching their thirties. Both men have been integral parts of the club’s success under Jurgen Klopp, but in order to sustain their form, the time could be right for the Reds to move on. It might require both players to be sold to finance a move for Mbappe. The forward has all the attributes needed to thrive in the Premier League, and at the age of 22, Mbappe is the perfect age to ensure that Liverpool remains competitive in the topflight and the Champions League for years to come. The Reds have a proud history of talented players in their forward line, and the Frenchman would continue that tradition. On paper, it looks to be the perfect match.