Klopp mentions Mbappe when asked about lack of French Liverpool talent


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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that the lack of French players in his team is partly due to some of them being “too expensive”.
The Reds have not had a French player in their side since Mamadou Sakho – now of Crystal Palace – who left for South London in August 2017.
Much of France’s talent has seen its stock rise in recent seasons following the country’s World Cup triumph in Russia, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann remaining the standout players from Didier Deschamps’ side.
Indeed, reports have surfaced over the past few weeks linking Liverpool with an audacious move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe and Klopp was asked about the shortage of French stars in his team in an interview with Canal+.
In response, the manager said: “There is no reason for it. Kylian plays for PSG. Griezmann wanted to go to Barcelona obviously – we know how good that team is.
“We would like to have a French player, but some of them are too expensive for us.”
Liverpool have recently returned from Qatar following their Club World Cup triumph in Doha on Saturday, where Roberto Firmino’s goal secured the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
 However, according to The Telegraph, Klopp and his players are angry with FIFA for restricting the club’s post-match celebrations to the pitch.
Liverpool’s next game sees them take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day, where the Reds can extend their lead in the Premier League table to 13 points.

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