Trent Alexander-Arnold copied Kylian Mbappe’s goal celebration after scoring in Liverpool’s win over Leicester.
Liverpool have long been linked with a move for Mbappe, although Jurgen Klopp this week said France’s top stars were “too expensive” for the club to sign.
Alexander-Arnold, 21, had a cheeky message for Mbappe when he tweeted his celebration picture, saying: “Anything Mbappe can do…” along with a crying laughing emoji and the hashtag YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone).
And even Mbappe himself got in on the act, liking a post on Twitter comparing pictures of the two players.
It could be interpreted as banter between two of the world’s top young players – or possibly as two future team-mates starting the bonding process.
And many Liverpool fans preferred to believe the latter.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe is reportedly refusing to enter into negotiations over a new contract and is keen on a move to Spanish giants Madrid.
But Liverpool are also one of several clubs reported to have an interest in the 21-year-old.
And a move to Anfield could be attractive with Klopp’s side now champions of the world as well as Europe, and 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League following their 4-0 win over second-placed Leicester.
Klopp this week appeared to pour cold water on the prospect of a move for Mbappe, who would likely cost around £180million, saying the calibre of French player Liverpool would require simply costs too much money.
When asked why there were no France internationals in his team, Klopp told Canal+: “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.”
It remains to be seen whether the Liverpool boss was simply being coy about a move for Mbappe.