May 19, 2017
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Liverpool round-up: £64million Mbappe offer; conflicting reports over bid; Klopp wants Gerrard to replace him

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Spanish newspaper Marca have sensationally claimed that Liverpool have had a bid worth £64 million rejected by French champions Monaco for striker Kylian Mbappe. The club on the south coast of France wrapped up the Ligue Un title this week and are clearly not keen on allowing their prized asset to leave.

The 18-year-old, who has also been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, has scored 26 goals and registered 14 assists in 43 games in his first season a regular in the first team, also making his debut for the senior French national team in March only a year after making his first appearance for his country at under 19 level.

Marca claim that the youngster already has his eyes set on a move to Spain to join Spanish league leaders Real Madrid, but the Liverpool Echo have reacted to these claims citing that their sources tell them that there has been no such move for the forward from Merseyside.

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It would seem unlikely that Liverpool would be prepared to spend such a large fee on one player this summer, but there is though to be a large transfer budget available to Jurgen Klopp this summer and he could look to real quality such as Mbappe with potential to improve in his own system.

Klopp is already considering his future though and has revealed that when he does leave the club, he would like it to be the club’s former captain, Steven Gerrard, who replaces him. The German, who still has five years left to run on a six year deal he signed last summer, told the Times:

“It’s perfect that we can involve Steven. What a guy, he’s fantastic… I told him when I leave, or the club sack me, I don’t care of course who’ll be my successor, but I’d love that he’d be it. I’ll do everything I can to make sure he gets all the information he needs. Because when you join a club you have a big responsibility for the future, and the future of this club needs legends like Steven Gerrard in decisive positions. Kenny Dalglish was pretty much everything in this club, and the feeling he creates just by being around is unbelievable.”

Gerrard will take over and manager of the under 18s side at the club’s academy ahead of next season as part of a re-structuring, and many have suggested that plans are in place to fast-track the former midfield dynamo into becoming a future first team manager in the Anfield dugout.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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