Kylian Mbappe has hailed Liverpool as a ‘machine’ that just ‘wins and wins and wins’ but the striker was just as quick to rule out a move to Anfield as he committed his future to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 21-year-old World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side, though the Liverpool boss has distanced the club from that talk.
Real Madrid are also hunting the France striker, who cost PSG £166million when he joined from Monaco nearly three years ago.
But, in an interview with the BBC, he admits it is Liverpool who he admires at the moment.
‘What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,’ Mbappe said. ‘They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like “we play again, we play again”.
‘They’ve lost zero games. When you watch you think everything’s easy but that’s not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.
‘Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it’s a very good team with a very good manager.’
While talk of a move to Madrid won’t go away for Mbappe, it is not a transfer that he is contemplating right now.
He said: ‘Now I’m with PSG and I’m 100 per cent with the club. I want to help the club grow this season, to win a lot of titles, so for me it’s not good to talk about [my future].
‘I think about the club because the club helped me. I came here at 18. I was a talent but I was not a superstar. Now I’m a superstar, thanks to PSG and the French national team.
‘I have to stay calm and stay focused on PSG. After that, at the end of the season, we will see. But now I’m focused on my game.’
Klopp said in November that Liverpool had ‘absolutely no chance’ of luring Mbappe to Anfield.
He said: ‘(Buying) this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. I don’t see any club, that is how it is. We are involved in the clubs that cannot do it – it is as easy as that.
‘OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him – what a player he is! It is about the money, of course. No chance.’
Mbappe has been in fine scoring form once again this season in Paris. He has 21 goals in 22 appearances after notching an astonishing 39 in 43 games last year.