Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has compared Premier League leaders Liverpool to “a machine” and expressed fear of their ability to keep winning under pressure.
Speaking to BBC Sport after launching his charity Inspired by Kylian Mbappe, the 21-year-old marveled at the Reds’ form race which put them 16 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City with a game in hand.
“What Liverpool are doing right now is incredible,” Mbappe said. “They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and they’re like ‘we’re playing again, we’re playing again.’
“They lost zero games. When you look at you think everything is easy, but it’s not easy. Guys are focused — they play every three days and they win, win, win.
Despite the opponents being able to identify ways to cause problems at Liverpool, Mbappe is impressed with how Klopp’s men find the strength to keep pushing.
“Now the problem is that everyone is watching Liverpool, and everyone is looking at what we can do against them, so now they have to show that they are strong again,” said the France international. “They’re a very good team with a very good manager, though.”
Mbappe has been regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but when asked about a possible future change, he said it was not the time to discuss his future.
“Everyone is talking about it,” he said. “When I was young, I talked about it too, but now I’m a player and I know this is not the time.
“It’s January. It’s the money time of the season. Imagine if I answered your question and said something. Everyone will talk about it and it is not good for PSG.
“Now I’m with PSG and I’m 100% with the club. I want to help the club grow this season, win a lot of titles, so for me it’s not good to talk [my future].”
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Mbappe puts PSG first because of the confidence they showed them in signing him from Monaco in the summer of 2017 and turning him into an established star name, but has suggested he will make a decision on his future in the coming months.
“I’m thinking about the club because the club helped me,” Mbappe said. “I came here when I was 18, I was a talent, but I wasn’t a superstar. Now I am a superstar, thanks to PSG and the French national team.
“I have to stay calm and focus on PSG. After that, at the end of the season, we’ll see. But now I’m focused on my game.
In anticipation of the coming year, Mbappe has revealed that he dreams of Champions League, Euro 2020 and Olympic success for the club and the country.
“[My dream] would be a hat-trick of the Champions League, the European Championship and the Olympic Games,” he said. “That wouldn’t be bad.
“It seems unattainable at the moment, but I’m going to make sure I realize this dream. It would be a proud moment to be able to win the first PSG’s Mbappe: Liverpool ‘like a machine’ right now for PSG and for our country to continue to win.
“Now that people know how I play and how good I can be, I have to work to stay at that level. I have to be better. PSG is a young club; we don’t have the history of other clubs, but we want to create history.