Liverpool have no plans to move for strikers if French forward is unattainable – “Kylian Mbappe or nobody”

29 June 2017

Liverpool have been one of a handful of clubs linked with a move for Monaco’s forward sensation Kylian Mbappe, but no other forwards are being considered.


That’s the view of James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, who was undertaking a Q and A with Reds fans on Thursday.

Mbappe, who is already a full France international at 18 years of age and took the Champions League by storm last term, is rated at anywhere up to £100 million.

Real Madrid, Arsenal and PSG are among the other clubs interested in snaring him, and while the Reds would be fully prepared to go all-in to land the starlet, Pearce says he’s a one-off.

Rumoured interest in the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and any other forwards are wide of the mark.

Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, April 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

“There is no alternative to Mbappe. That was always a long shot and with him seemingly out of reach, [Jurgen] Klopp is happy to push on with the striking options he’s already got.

“If Mbappe wanted a move to the Premier League, Liverpool would be prepared to bid for him, but I don’t expect that to happen.

“[I’m] not aware of Liverpool showing any interest in either [Lacazette] or Aubameyang this summer.

“I think the only way we’ll see Liverpool buy a striker this summer is if [Daniel] Sturridge says he wants out.”

With Roberto Firmino being handed the No. 9 shirt, Danny Ings working his way back to full fitness and any rumours over a Sturridge exit having quietened of late, it seems the Reds will head into the 17/18 season with the same centre-forward options as one year ago.

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