Liverpool transfer target Kylian Mbappe’s value plummets with Jurgen Klopp ‘in contact’

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘maintains contact’ with PSG striker Kylian Mbappe, according to reports. The Reds manager is an admirer of the World Cup winner who is expected to become the best player in the world.

Mbappe, 22, has scored 14 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions.

Along with Liverpool, Real Madrid are interested in signing the star most likely to succeed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best.

The CIES Observatory who use an algorithm to work out the value of stars have released their latest findings today.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is now the highest valued star in world football at €165.6m.

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Mbappe has fallen from first to fifth with his a drop from €234m to €194.4m.

Any move for the France international is unlikely to materialise in January though especially with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing.

Mbappe’s future remains uncertain at PSG with just 18 months left on his current contract with no signs of an extension being agreed at present.

Mbappe lavished praise on Liverpool last season, leading fans to speculate about a possible switch to Anfield.

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“What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,” he said last year when Klopp’s side were still unbeaten.

“They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like ‘we play again, we play again’.

“They’ve lost zero games. When you watch you think everything’s easy but that’s not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.

“Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them

“So now they have to show they are strong again but it’s a very good team with a very good manager.”

Liverpool will likely prioritise a centre-back signing this month with a raft of injuries to their backline.

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are long-term absentees with Joel Matip also out of action.

Klopp started with a makeshift pairing of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson against Southampton in the Premier League defeat on Monday.

Liverpool return to action against Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Friday night (7.45pm).

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