Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are interested in Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe but reveals the reason they are “not going to sign him”.
The France international is out of contract at the end of the season with his future still unclear despite only weeks remaining on his deal.
Real Madrid and Liverpool have both been linked with free transfer moves for the player, while a renewal at PSG still seems quite likely.
There were reports that he had signed a two-year contract extension at PSG at the beginning of this month but that was denied by his mother.
Mbappe announced over the weekend that his future will be “known very soon” after he insisted he has “made” a decision.
“It will be known very soon, it’s almost done,” Mbappe said at the UNFP awards. “My decision is made, yes, almost.”
He added: “Why was I so slow? You have to respect all parties. I know that people expected a lot from me. That’s normal. I’m in a hurry too. But it’s not only about me.
“But here it is, it’s finished right now, there are just some details left.”
A move to Liverpool has long seemed realistic because of the huge wages Mbappe would demand on any move away from Paris – but Klopp said on Monday that the Reds “are interested”.
Klopp said: “Of course we are interested in Kylian Mbappe – we are not blind.”
However, the Liverpool boss immediately played down any chance that the 23-year-old would actually sign for the Premier League side as they “cannot be part of these battles”.
Klopp added: “Actually, I have nothing to say about that but between Kylian and Liverpool, it’s all set, it’s all fine.
“We of course like him and if you don’t like him then you have to question yourself. But, no, we are not going to sign him, we cannot be part of these battles.
“There must be other clubs involved and that is fine. He is a great player.”
🗣 “Of course we’re interested in Kylian Mbappe, we are not blind.”
Jurgen Klopp on whether Liverpool have an interest in signing Kylian Mbappe pic.twitter.com/7QLUBAPbkq
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Meanwhile, Klopp revealed that Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk will both miss Liverpool’s crucial Premier League match against Southampton tonight.
Asked if either could play at St Mary’s, Klopp said: “No. They are both OK, so the target for both would be they could be involved again at the weekend.
“It’s very positive, (there is) no doubt about the final and we’re realistic about the Wolves game (on Sunday), but for tomorrow, (we’d) rather not.”