After reading Bruce Grobbelaar’s comments about Kylian Mbappé having to prove himself to get into Liverpool FC’s starting lineup, I couldn’t help but this back to the famous quote from the classic film, “Billy Madison.”
“At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
The former Liverpool goalkeeper gave an interview to Stats Perform News (via Goal), and essentially said that if the newly crowned Premier League champions did manage to find a way to pay the ridiculous sum of money it would take to bring Mbappé to Anfield, the Frenchman would still have to prove himself on the pitch to start. Here’s the quote:
“Well, if [Mbappé] comes to Anfield he’s going to have to prove his worth up front for sure. And that’s only if and when he comes.”
“We do not know what the circumstances are. It will be up to Klopp and [Fenway Sports Group] who will reveal something probably in the news season.”
“But whoever comes to Anfield, as you see with [Takumi] Minamino, he’s going to have to improve a hell of a lot more to get into the side.”
Win one Premier League title in 30 years and all of a sudden a generational talent like Mbappé isn’t good enough to get into the starting lineup…
With all due respect to Mr. Grobbelaar, Mbappé is not Minamino. Not even close. I understand Liverpool has a potent offense with Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino, but you could envision a Fantastic Four similar to what PSG did with Neymar Jr., Mauro Icardi, Mbappé, and Angel Di Maria. If manager Jürgen Klopp didn’t want to do that, I’m sure he would find a way to start Mbappé in his preferred position.
All of this conjecture about Mbappé leaving PSG for Liverpool is fun but it’s highly unlikely it will happen. The Reds simply don’t have the funds, according to Klopp, and it goes against their mentality of building up players instead of buying superstars. If Mbappé features at Anfield again in the near future, it will be as an opponent only.
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