Liverpool are confident they can challenge Real Madrid for the signature of €360,000-a-week star

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Liverpool are sure they can challenge Real Madrid for the signature of Kylian Mbappe if he chooses to leave Paris Saint-Germain, reports say.

Real are openly courting Mbappe ahead of next campaign, much to the annoyance of Paris Saint-Germain, and the Frenchman is thought to be holding a new challenge.

Liverpool failed in a bid to join Mbappe in 2017 before he signed PSG and the Telegraph claim the Reds require to be part of the conversation if the forward forces for a transfer.

In Madrid, there are concerns Mbappe may desire to play for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and is keen on a transfer to the Premier League.

Should those concerns turn out to be real, Liverpool think they can at the very least be part of transfer talks with Mbappe, even if the asking price is expected to exceed £200million.

Jurgen Klopp addressed the speculation linking the Reds with Mbappe ahead of his side’s crucial clash with Man City on Sunday.

‘The players we thought about to make this team better were really expensive and we could not spend the money. That is how it is,’ he said.

‘To see a player better, or with potential to be better or play the same is difficult. That is what it was. That was the situation.

‘It was not that we were not ready, but we did not want to make five or six changes. Not at all. They are at a wonderful age with still space for improvement.

‘We wanted to do something, and we could have done a lot, but we only wanted to do the right thing.

‘That is the reason we kept this squad because it is really good and if you wanted to improve it, you have to go for the right players, not just some players to fix whatever.’