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Mohamed Salah has been linked with a move away from Liverpool (Laszlo Balogh/AP)

Mohamed Salah has been linked with a move away from Liverpool (Laszlo Balogh/AP)

Mohamed Salah has been linked with a move away from Liverpool (Laszlo Balogh/AP)

Liverpool are looking to make transfer signings this summer, despite all the talk around the Anfield club being focused on possible departures.

As sundayworld.com reported at the start of this month, Liverpool have some key priorities in this transfer window and signing marquee names has never been one of them.

The persistent reports linking Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool were as farcical as they were misguided, with Liverpool's owners never likely to sanction a deal of that magnitude.

Despite reports that Liverpool were reluctant to spend money in January as they were eyeing up big-money moves this summer, we understand the focus has always been on selling players no longer part of Jurgen Klopp's plans and reinvesting that money in new players.

Part of that plan continued as Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic completed a permanent move to Porto on Tuesday.

Serbia international Grujic, 25, Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager in 2016, made only 16 appearances in all competitions during five years at Anfield.

Liverpool said on their official website: "The Serbia international returns to the Portuguese club after making 39 appearances and scoring two goals during a loan spell in 2020-21.

“Grujic joined up with Klopp’s squad for this month’s pre-season training camp in Austria and will now bid farewell to link up with Porto permanently."

Grujic, who also spent two seasons on loan at Hertha Berlin, agreed to join Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016 before completing the move later that year.

His eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool were all as a substitute and he featured on eight further occasions. He spent the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Cardiff.

Divock Origi is also expected to leave Liverpool this summer, with Xherdan Shaqiri also available for transfer if he can find another club.

What all fans want to hear about is potential incomings and Liverpool have denied reports that they have had a bid rejected for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

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PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen has also been linked with Liverpool, but he looks likely to make a move to Borussia Dortmund.

Much will depend on the outcome of contract talks with Momahed Salah, with sundayworld.com confirming at the start of this month that talks with his advisers are planned imminently.

There is a feeling among key figures at Liverpool that Salah may be reluctant to extend his current contract that is due to expire in 2023 and if that is the case, a sale may have to be considered this summer.

"Salah has two years left on his contract and if he doesn't show a willingness to extend that, Liverpool will have to consider selling him this summer," Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge told the Sunday World.

"Even though he hasn't been at his best this season, Salah is still on course to finish the season as the Premier League's top scorer and it is a reminder that he is a class act.

"Liverpool have to decide whether they want to keep him for the next few years or cash in on him now.

"There have been rumours that he is interested in a move to Real Madrid and PSG, but Salah and Liverpool will have that conversation in the next few weeks and there is no guarantee he will stay."

As we revealed at the start of July, Liverpool chiefs are keen to reduce the average age of their squad over the course of the next few transfer windows, with captain Jordan Henderson among those rumoured to be under threat amid reports that he is not likely to be offered a contract extension that will meet his demands with his current deal due to expire in the summer of 2023.

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