The summer transfer window is an odd time. Take one day off of social media to enjoy the nice weather, and the next thing you know, a whole transfer rumour has developed, exploded all over Twitter, and been debunked before you even knew it existed.
Such was my experience on Saturday, when I made the crucial, rookie mistake of going to a baby shower and a concert instead of obsessively refreshing Twitter, and I missed a whole Kylian Mbappé to Liverpool thing.
The rising French star playing at PSG was packing his bags and frantically downloading Beatles albums on Apple music for his flight, if my Twitter feed was any indication. And then on Monday, Paris-Saint Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi spoke out to deny this transfer gossip.
“He wants to be more involved in our project to grow with the team, the club. But I explained to him that the responsibilities, it does not ask,” Al-Khelaifi said. ”We must go get them, sometimes even tear them away. We do not wait, we provoke. As he is very intelligent, I am sure he understood. Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100% sure but 200%.”
And when asked about what the players need to change to succeed, he answered, “The players are going to have to assume their responsibilities even more than before. It has to be completely different. They will have to do more, work more… They are not here to have fun. And if they don’t agree with this point of view, the doors are open. Ciao! I no longer want to have superstar behaviour.”
That’s it! Mbappé is definitely not coming to Anfield this transfer window, so that’s the last time this rumour will ever circulate wildly around the internet.