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Kylian Mbappe: Why everybody’s out to beat “amazing” Liverpool

By Ben Green

Published: 10:50, 22 January 2020

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe has likened Liverpool to a “machine” as Jurgen Klopp’s side inch ever closer to Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League record. 

The Reds are currently on an impressive 39-match unbeaten streak in the league and are now just 10 games off matching Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, who went just one shy of 50 games without tasting defeat between 2004 and 2005.

Can Liverpool match Arsenal’s record? Five things to know…

  • Liverpool have won 30 of their previous 31 Premier League matches and are unbeaten in 39.
  • The Reds face Wolves next and could draw level with Jose Mourinho’s 2004-05 Chelsea side for unbeaten games (40).
  • Klopp’s side beat Man Utd 2-0 on Sunday to extend their lead at the top of the league.
  • Currently, Liverpool are 16 points clear at the summit of the Premier League table with 22 games played.
  • Mbappe has lauded Liverpool’s title charge and says they approach every match with ‘machine-like’ efficiency.

Such has been the form of the reigning European champions that they have won 30 of their last 31 matches in the league and have created a 16-point cushion between themselves and Manchester City at the top of the table.

The Merseysiders have been breaking records left, right and centre during this campaign and have caught the eye of a certain Mbappe, who has waxed lyrical about the robotic proficiency in which Klopp and his side approach each and every match.

“What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,” Mbappe told BBC Sport. “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.”

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‘I’m 100% committed to PSG’, says Mbappe

The World Cup winner has been in eye-watering form since joining the Parisians from Monaco in 2017, prompting intense rumours of a move to Real Madrid.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane has previously stated that Mbappe ‘dreams’ of playing for the Spanish giants, which PSG took exception to earlier this campaign, accusing the Frenchman of trying to “destabilise” their striker.

In the latest instalment of this ongoing transfer saga, Mbappe has reiterated his commitment to his current employers and waved away claims of a move to the Bernabeu in the immediate future.

“Everyone talks about it — when I was young I talked about it too,” said Mbappe. “But now I’m a player and I know it’s not the moment.

“We are in January — it’s the money time of the season. Imagine I answer your question and say something. Everybody will talk about it and it’s 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, 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.”