As Kylian Mbappé scored two record-breaking goals at the World Cup, France’s third should have sent Liverpool a reminder of a perfect looming free transfer.
The scoreline may not have reflected the overall balance of the match, but it was pretty easy going for Kylian Mbappé and France in the round of 16 against Poland at the World Cup.
Not only did the game ensure qualification into the next round, it was also a match in which Mbappé completely dominated, involved in all three of France’s goals and providing a constant threat up front. Having scored five goals at the tournament, he has now surely cemented his name as one of the best in the world at the moment, and the game against Poland was of historical significance in terms of that endeavour as well.
Mbappé’s second goal means he now has nine goals at the World Cup before his 24th birthday. That’s more than anyone has ever scored at the same age, with the 23-year-old beating Brazilian legend Pele’s record.
The goal that broke the record not only served as a reminder of one of the best in the world, it could also serve as a reminder for Liverpool in the transfer market.
With Marcus Thuram registering the assist for Mbappé, the Reds should have been sent a reminder of an ideal solution in the transfer market in order to bolster Jürgen Klopp’s attacking options in the summer.
Thuram’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is free to negotiate with clubs as early as January. The World Cup has provided him with an ideal platform to demonstrate his skills ahead of next month.
Having featured as a substitute in three of France’s games so far, Thuram’s assist against Poland was his first goal contribution in the tournament. His ability to cause havoc in the limited time given to him displayed the devastating impact he could have at Liverpool, with Thuram using his speed and power to capitalise on the Polish defence’s rugged legs.
The 25-year-old’s direct nature combined with his versatility would make him a valuable asset at Anfield. Thuram already possesses the quintessential traits for a Liverpool attacker and he is at the right age to provide a bit of rejuvenation in the squad.
Considering the future of Roberto Firmino, who also has a contract expiring at the end of the season, Thuram presents the perfect solution for Liverpool. The club’s recruitment team are unlikely to find another forward who has 17 goal contributions in 17 games for his club side this season and who is available on a free transfer — let alone one who is making a mark alongside Mbappé on the world’s biggest stage for one of the tournament favourites.