Liverpool failed to sign Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe on two separate occasions


Jurgen Klopp was in talks to bring Mbappe to Anfield in January 2016 and then the summer of 2017

Liverpool were in talks to sign Kylian Mbappe on two separate occasions before the France international moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe, the forward, is widely regarded as the best young player in world football, having won multiple league titles and the World Cup before leaving his teenage years.

Mbappe is an established world class player despite his youth

He completed a permanent transfer to PSG earlier this year after spending last season on loan with the Ligue 1 giants from Monaco, the club with whom he started his career.

It was during the 2016/17 season that Mbappe burst onto the scene, scoring 26 goals in all competitions as the principality club won the league and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

There was intense transfer speculation in the now 19-year-old that summer due to his world class performances on the biggest stage, and PSG eventually won the race for a player touted to win the Ballon d’Or in the coming years.

However, Liverpool – who take on PSG in the Champions League this evening – were keen on signing Mbappe before he moved to Paris… twice.

A report in L’Equipe has detailed the two approaches Liverpool made for Mbappe while he was still playing for Monaco, one in the winter of 2015/16 and the other in summer 2017.

Mbappe enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough season in 2016/17

Mbappe enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough season in 2016/17

Klopp couldn’t give Mbappe guarantees over play time the first time he could have headed to Anfield, but the youngster was reportedly ready to join Liverpool when the second approach came around.

He was convinced by Klopp and was set to become the club’s joint-highest paid player, but PSG blew the Reds’ financial offer out the water to complete what has already turned out to be an excellent signing.

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