Tuesday 12 December 2017

Liverpool have '€75m bid rejected' as John Aldridge calls for biggest spending spree yet

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should spend big in the transfer market, according to former Reds striker John Aldridge
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should spend big in the transfer market, according to former Reds striker John Aldridge
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool have had a €75m offer for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe rejected, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.

The report claims the Anfield club lodged the bid for the most talked about teenager in European football, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid all mentioned as potential destinations for the attacking star who made such an impact in Monaco’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Liverpool's interest in Mbappe would be consistent with the club's transfer policy of trying to sign young players who will retain their value in the transfer market.

Yet it is somewhat hard to believe Liverpool have opened the bidding for Mbappe with such an inflated offer, which would represent a fee that would double the club’s £35m transfer record that was paid to sign Sadio Mane from Southampton last summer.

The Marca report claims Monaco will not consider any offers under the €100m mark, with Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge urging the Anfield club to embark on their biggest summer of spending if they secure Champions League qualification by beating Middlesbrough in their final Premier League game this Sunday.

“Liverpool need to spend in excess of £100m on new players if they qualify for the Champions League next season and we are about to find out whether the club is ready to show that kind of ambition,” stated Aldridge.

“Let’s get three or four world-class players in to transform a team that is a match for anyone when they are all fit and on form into a squad ready to challenge for trophies.

“If they have Champions League football to offer transfer targets, Klopp’s hand will be greatly strengthened in the transfer scramble.

“Get over the fact that you will have to spend silly money in transfer fees and wages to get players that teams like the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea will also be in for because that is the world we live in now.

“However obscene it might seem to pay players £100,000-a-week even if they are not proven winners, this is the reality of the game now and Liverpool have to get on the crazy train.

“Liverpool need a top class left back, a dominant leader at the heart of their defence, a powerful midfielder with a proven record as a winner and a winger to compliment the pace of Sadio Mane in the forward line.

“On top of that, Liverpool need to top quality striker to score in excess of 20 goals a season and while it might sound a little radical to suggest that many players are needed if Liverpool finish third, that is the reality.”

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