Liverpool failed in two attempts to secure services of France international forward Kylian Mbappe – even after Jurgen Klopp ‘charmed’ him.
Mbappe faces the Merseyside Reds on Tuesday as the 19-year-old hopes to help PSG start their Champions League season with a victory.
The Merseyside Reds harboured a ‘genuine interest’ in the striker back the last summer, while new versatile midfielder Fabinho hopes to “slowly convince” him to make the switch to Anfield.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe, the Reds have ‘long been eyeing’ Frenchman, “but few clubs have been on the verge of signing him.
Their approaches have reached far beyond the point of ‘wishful thinking’, and date back to before Mbappe even made his professional debut.
L’Equipe reported that by the winter of the 2015/16 campaign, France international forward and his representatives had grown ‘impatient’ at his lack of opportunities.
He made his debut soon after but, lessening his desire to leave. however, his remarkable breakthrough only led to Reds continue to keep on his progress.
The Reds returned by summer 2017, at which point Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spent ‘several hours’ trying to convince the Frenchman to make a switch to Anfield.
The Merseyside Reds were prepared to make Frenchman the club’s joint-highest earner alongside Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, the teenager having led Monaco to the Ligue Un title and Champions League semi-finals.