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Anfield club are being constantly linked with a move for Mbappe

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Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain moved 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain moved 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain moved 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

We have long since gone past the point that suggests Kylian Mbappe is tempted by the prospect of a move to Liverpool.

While it might seem inconceivable that a club whose owners appeared to be reluctant to fund a cut-price deal to sign a defender in last month's transfer window could consider the prospect of signing a player of Mbappe's profile, this is a story that continues to crop up from sources close to the player.

Mbappe confirmed his class once more as he scored a stunning hat-trick for Mauricio Pochettino's PSG in their stunning 4-1 win against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night, but there remain question marks over his future in Paris with his contract due to expire at the end of next season.

World Cup winner Mbappe is currently one of the highest paid players in the French league, earning a reported £375,000-a-week with Paris Saint-Germain, yet constant stories emanating from his homeland continue to link him with a move to Liverpool.

Real Madrid or Barcelona may have been the natural location for a player of Mbappe's brilliance to land in years gone by, but the financial concerns both clubs are living through may explain why other options may be considered if he were to make what would be a huge transfer.

Yet several questions would need to be answered before Mbappe's apparent interest in linking up with Jurgen Klopp's reigning Premier League champions could become a reality.

Firstly, could Liverpool sanction a transfer that could cost in excess of £100m and would involve the kind of contract and signing on fee the Anfield club and their American owners in the Fenway Sports Group have never sanction?

At first glance, the answer to that questions appears to be negative and yet that could change if rumours suggesting Mohamed Salah may be unsettled at Liverpool were to result in a transfer next summer.

Salah has admitted his future at Liverpool is 'in the club's hands' and a windfall of cash from the sale of Salah could potentially be used to fund a move for Mbappe.

The other big issue in this story could evolve around Lionel Messi and the eagerness of the PSG owners to bring the Argentine maestro to Paris when his Barcelona contract expires this summer.

To comply with Financial Fair Play rules, PSG would need to sell one of their big earners to find space on their wage bill for Messi and if the dream of their Qatari owners is to reunite Messi and his former Barcelona team-mate Neymar in Paris, Mbappe would appear to be the odd one out.

With this in mind, the latest report linking Mbappe with a move to Liverpool in French publication L'Equipe appears to be well-timed, with suggestions that FSG chief John W Henry met with Mbappe and wooed his family on his private jet when he was leaving Monaco in 2017 confirmation that the Anfield club has a long-standing interest in the player.

As Mbappe's contract is due to expire in the summer of 2022 and no agreement is in place to extend it, this story could develop in the coming months and if the pieces of what would be an expensive jigsaw fall into place, Mbappe lining up for a re-vamped Liverpool next season may not be as fanciful as it seems right now.

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