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Liverpool Echo
Mark Wakefield

Kylian Mbappe 'rejected' Liverpool transfer as Jurgen Klopp claims slammed

Here are your Liverpool evening headlines for Wednesday, January 18.

Kylian Mbappe gave emphatic Liverpool transfer answer

Kylian Mbappe reportedly 'rejected a' potential move to Liverpool during the summer transfer window.

The French forward signed a new three-year deal with his current employers during the summer, despite at one point looking certain to seal a transfer to Real Madrid. Liverpool are another team to have been linked with Mbappe over the last three years, with the player himself openly expressing his admiration for the Reds.

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Despite reaching an agreement with the Ligue 1 leaders to remain at the club back in May, a fresh report by the Athletic has stated a PSG consultant 'opened the door' for the 24-year-old to leave - but not to Real Madrid. The article adds a £352million price tag was placed on the prolific forward, who was told 'any exit would have to be to Liverpool'. Mbappe is said to have 'rejected' this option and remain put as he remained put at his current employers.

Mbappe himself confirmed he held discussions with the Reds prior to putting pen to paper on a new contract in Paris ahead of the 2022/23 season, telling the Telegraph in May: “We talked a little bit, but not too much. We talked a little bit."


Michail Antonio slams 'ridiculous' Jurgen Klopp claims

West Ham striker Michail Antonio has labelled calls for Jurgen Klopp to leave Liverpool as 'ludicrous', insisting the German remains the right man for the job.

The Reds got back on track yesterday evening courtesy of an FA Cup win at Wolves, though many supporters were not overly optimistic of securing progression to the fourth round due to recent results. Beaten badly at both Brentford and Brighton, defeat at the latter has left Klopp's side in a precarious position for Champions League qualification.

Some have suggested the Reds' struggles this campaign offer evidence this group of players are reaching the end of a cycle, others have pointed the finger in the direction of the Liverpool boss for his loyalty to certain players while questioning whether he can summon the spirit to inspire another period of success.

Responding to the speculation regarding Klopp's position, Antonio was left in disbelief that individuals would want to see the former Borussia Dortmund boss depart.



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