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Liverpool make their transfer stance clear heading into January transfer window

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Nigel French/PA Wire)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Nigel French/PA Wire)

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Liverpool have had some success with January signings in recent years as they signed Luis Suarez and Virgil van Dijk in the mid-term, yet their fans may have a long wait if they are hopeful of seeing signings of that magnitude this month.

A source close to the club has told that Liverpool bare not anticipating making major signings in this month's transfer window, unless circumstances change dramatically in the next three weeks.

Ten Premier League clubs have a bigger net spend figure than Liverpool over the last five years, with Jurgen Klopp building a squad capable of challenging for top honours on a fraction of the budget of Manchester City, their neighbours United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham.

So while Liverpool have been linked with moves for several players in recent weeks, we have been informed that new investment in the playing squad is unlikely in this transfer window unless injury issues affect Klopp's plans for a second successive season.

Instead, Liverpool will focus their attention on adding to their squad this summer, when the future of star striker Mohamed Salah may well be crystallised.

Anfield chiefs remain hopeful of agreeing a new contract with Salah, who now has just 18 months to run on his current contract.

While initial talks with Salah's agent Ramy Abbas failed to conclude successfully, Liverpool believe agreement can be reached on a deal in the coming weeks.

"The people who run Liverpool do it so well and they can't just let this run and run," former Liverpool striker John Aldridge told "I'm pretty sure behind the scenes there must be things going on behind the scenes.

"The way football has gone, the figures the top players are on is ridiculous and Mo Salah merits it, so they have to do it. The other Liverpool players have to realise he is that good and they have to accept it.

"It would be more expensive to go out and get someone. They have to do a deal.

"I don't think Liverpool will get anyone in January and that will be our signing in January, Mo Salah's contract.

"He is fit as a fiddle and you look at what (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi have done, if you keep yourself fit and stay injury free, then you can do a lot of damage.

"There have been a few wrangles with the fans over the years about not spending enough, so I can't see them allowing Salah to go."

Nat Phillips is the only Liverpool player who has hinted he wants to leave the club this month, with Klopp ruling out an exit for his defensive colleague Joe Gomez last month.

"I don't have any plans to give anybody on loan in the winter, so I will not be the driving force - let me say it like this: nobody came to me and asked if they could go somewhere," he added.

"It is always difficult to do things in January and obviously, the only thing that can change this is injuries, as we had last season."

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