Football: Liverpool keen on Mbappe but won't be drawn into transfer battle: Klopp

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe receiving the Best Ligue 1 Player award in Paris on May 15, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Liverpool are not blind to the qualities of Kylian Mbappe, but will not be drawn into a bidding war for the Paris Saint-Germain striker, said manager Juergen Klopp.

The France forward stayed at PSG this season despite interest from Real Madrid and has hit top form with 36 goals from 45 matches in all competitions.

The 23-year-old World Cup winner's contract expires in June and speculation about his future has ramped up in recent weeks, though Klopp was tight-lipped about any contact between the player and Liverpool.

"Of course, we're interested in Kylian. We're not blind,"Klopp told reporters ahead of Tuesday's (May 17) Premier League game against Southampton.

"I have nothing to say about that (the reported contact). Between Kylian and Liverpool... it's all fine."

Klopp's comments come with Liverpool hoping to tie down Mohamed Salah to a new deal, while fellow forward Sadio Mane has been linked with a switch away from Anfield.

"We, of course, like him (Mbappe), if you don't like him, then you have to question yourself," Klopp added. "But no, we're not... we cannot be part of these battles.

"There must be other clubs involved, but that is fine. He's a great player."

A victory for Liverpool on Tuesday would leave them a point behind leaders Manchester City ahead of the final day of the season on Sunday, when Aston Villa visit Pep Guardiola's men while the Reds host Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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