Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock believes that the Reds have the power to attract the best players in the world, but he also believes that these players may avoid a move to Anfield due to the fact that they may believe they can only win the top prizes at Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Warnock used Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe as an example.

He truly believes Mbappe would be tempted to play for a club such as Liverpool, but he also believes that the Frenchman may avoid the move due to the fact he is more likely to win the Ballon d’Or at Real Madrid or Barcelona.

“I just think because of the way Liverpool have elevated themselves in the last couple of years under Jurgen Klopp, people are now putting stories together linking them with the best players in the world,” Warnock told the Liverpool Echo .

“Let’s be honest, why wouldn’t they want to play under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool? The atmosphere is incredible and so is the manager.

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Kylian Mbappe.

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, left, jubilates with PSG’s Angel Di Maria, center, after his side won a Champions League Group A soccer match between Club Brugge and Paris Saint Germain at the Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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“They have reached two Champions League finals in the last two seasons and a Europa League final not long before that. It’s very appealing to go to Liverpool at the moment.

“Would Mbappe go to Liverpool? You know what, why wouldn’t he come? Why wouldn’t he want to play against the best players in the Premier League and really test himself?

“I think the one problem we face over here with players like that is they often feel like they can only win the Ballon d’Or if they go to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

“Why can’t there be a shift? Why can’t there be a Premier League team who dominates Europe for a number of years?

“He is obviously a player who you would love to see in the Premier League. I would love to see him at Liverpool. Whether it will happen or not, I’m not so sure. That’s only something he would answer.

“It will also depend on the form of Barcelona and Real Madrid. If he feels that those sides are not close to winning the Champions League, then maybe that’s something he might look at.”

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4 Responses

  1. steven

    it’s brainless talk. didnt we just win europe and the world? also wasnt salah and virg ahead of mbappe in the ballon d’or? he cant win it not because he is not at real or barca but because of 2 blokes named cristiano and lionel. warnock – not the brightest bloke who has worn the red jersey. i think he is making these dumb statements to sensationalize and get some screentime.

  2. IrishRed

    Nothing to do with Real or Barca, fact is for the last decade or more unless your name is Lionel Messi or Ronaldo you really haven’t been good enough to win the Ballon D’Or. The other fator with the Baloon D’Or is that there is a massive bias towards attacking players over more defensively minded ones. Evidenced by Virgil Van Dyke being the standout player in Europe last season, of any style. But even a mediocre season from Messi was enough for him to win it…

    The reason many players go to Real or Barca ahead of LFC is Agents Fees, the Stadiums (both infinitely better than Anfield, except atmosphere wise) the cities and climates…

  3. Tom

    Liverpool would have one more Champions League Title if not for Sergio Ramos INTENTIONALLY injuring M. Salah. Yes, anyone who ever played Football knows he did it on purpose. Some avoid saying that due to liability. i.e. Announcers.


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