By Scott Taylor
Kylian Mbappe is reportedly being monitored by Premier League side Liverpool, as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of the second half of the season. The Monaco forward, 17, has made his breakthrough to the first team this season, featuring in their Europa League campaign. However, Mbappe’s contract expires in the summer and Liverpool are monitoring his situation in the hope of securing the starlet for a minimal fee.
Mbappe featured for Monaco in the UEFA Youth League in December 2014, featuring in Monaco U19’s 3-1 defeat at home to Zenit. After coming on as a 60th minute substitute, Mbappe claimed an assist, but could not inspire his side to victory. Almost a year to the day since that game, Mbappe made his Europa League debut in a 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane. He did make an impact in his 34 minutes on the pitch, providing yet another assist, this time for Stephan El Shaarawy’s goal.
A week prior to that, Mbappe made his Ligue 1 debut in Monaco’s 1-1 draw at home to Caen, coming on for the final two minutes in the stalemate. He followed that up with a late cameo in his side’s 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne, playing the final 20 minutes. His full debut for Leonardo Jardim’s side in the French Cup three days later, playing 90 minutes in their 3-0 defeat at Bordeaux as a centre-forward.
However, Monaco have not tied him down after his breakthrough season, and Liverpool could potentially snap up the promising youngster in the summer. Jurgen Klopp’s side have already made two signings in the current January transfer window, bringing in Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade as well as completing the signing of young Polish goalkeeper Kamil Grabara.