Since Kylian Mbappe described Liverpool as a ‘machine’ and stated he’d play as them on FIFA, followers have obsessed about this potential switch.
The 22-year-old ahead is within the closing 12 months of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain and the most recent experiences recommend Liverpool are setting apart cash to fund a transfer for him subsequent summer season.
An Mbappe transfer to Liverpool would ship Kopites into meltdown, nonetheless, this bears a slight resemblance to the time they signed Nicolas Anelka.
Anelka, a 22-year-old France striker who like Mbappe had gained a significant honour together with his nation a few years earlier, was plying his commerce at PSG on the time.
He joined the Reds on mortgage in December 2001 and, additionally like Mbappe, he rated Liverpool extremely.
“When [then-Liverpool manager] Gerard Houllier referred to as my agent saying he wished me for Liverpool, it was a sure instantly,” the striker instructed the Liverpool ECHO in 2020.
“Liverpool is likely one of the greatest golf equipment on the earth and I wished to return again in England as a result of the soccer and way of life swimsuit me probably the most.”
Having bought native hero Robbie Fowler days earlier the strain was on for Anelka to succeed.
However Anelka made a perfect begin with a aim and an help on his debut, a aim on his Merseyside derby bow, whereas additionally forging understanding with Michael Owen and Emile Heskey up entrance.
Liverpool completed a formidable second within the Premier League and regarded set to signal the world-class ahead Houllier promised after promoting Fowler. Issues didn’t work out that method, nonetheless.
Houllier determined towards signing ‘Le Sulk’ after a dialog on the cellphone with then-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, revealed Houllier’s former assistant Phil Thompson.
“Nicolas would have upset the soccer membership. Nicolas is a pleasant man, however he’s moody. He doesn’t combine,” Thompson defined to LFCHistory.
“There weren’t any nice issues whereas he was there, however we had issues together with his brothers, his contract and all the things.
“Arsene Wenger rang up Gerard and stated: ‘Gerard, I’ve to let you know. Nicolas’ brothers have simply rang me up and so they’ve requested me to take Nicolas again to Arsenal.’
“As soon as his brothers tried to promote Nicolas to Arsenal whereas he was on mortgage at us, that was the top.”
Anelka had to return to Paris, nevertheless it didn’t final lengthy there when he fell out with coach Luis Fernandez. Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan then took a raffle on him and snapped him up for newly-promoted Manchester City.
As for Liverpool, they acquired in a brand new ahead who had an excellent 2002 World Cup. It was El Hadji Diouf. Ah…
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