With Monaco’s 17-year-old talent Kylian Mbappe making waves in Ligue 1 this season, Liverpool have begun tracking the forward’s progress.
Mbappe recently broke Thierry Henry’s 21-year record by netting in Monaco’s 3-1 victory at home to Troyes, becoming the youngest-ever goalscorer in the club’s history in Ligue 1.
The Frenchman’s performances in 2015/16 have sparked widespread interest from clubs around Europe, including Liverpool.
That is according to Goal.com’s Melissa Reddy, who reported that the Reds are tracking Mbappe’s progress ahead of a possible move in the future.
“Blessed with speed and superior close control, Mbappe has unsurprisingly caught Liverpool’s attention, however no bid is thought to be forthcoming in the summer as the club continue to track his development,” Reddy writes.
“The Merseysiders are not the only outfit interested in the academy graduate, who was primed at Clairefontaine, with Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Real Madrid all reportedly also circling.
“Mbappe is yet to sign a professional contract at Monaco, with the club desperate to tie him down rather than surrender his gifts for a small development fee.”
Having made his first appearance for Monaco as a 16-year-old back in December, Mbappe has continued to impress when called upon by Leonardo Jardim.
Used sparingly, given his inexperience, Mbappe has made five substitute appearances in Ligue 1, as well as being introduced in the second half of the club’s 4-1 Europa League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, laying on the assist for Stephan El Shaarawy’s consolation goal.
Mbappe also started in Monaco’s 3-1 win away to Evian in the Coupe de France, and a 3-0 Coupe de la Ligue defeat away to Bordeaux in December.
Though primarily a left-winger, Mbappe has also been fielded on the right flank and as a centre-forward, with his pace and dribbling ability predictably drawing comparisons with former Monaco man Henry.
As Reddy suggests, Liverpool are not thought to be preparing an offer for the summer, with Jurgen Klopp having expressed a desire to sign proven talent on the wings ahead of 2015/16.
But if contract talks continue to stall and Mbappe impresses further, they could join the race for his signature.