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Liverpool exits to hit six with another confirmed by agent, while trusted source weighs in on leaked midfield signing

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The number of Liverpool stars who’ll leave for nothing this summer has swelled to four and could reach as high as six, while a trusted source has clarified remarkable claims surrounding a leaked midfield signing.

It’s no secret Liverpool’s squad is in need of major surgery this summer. Midfield is expected to be the centre of attention, though both arrivals and exits could come in every department of the squad.

Owners FSG will be tasked with opening the chequebook with an ever-increasing number of holes in need of filling.

Indeed, centre-forward Roberto Firmino will depart as a free agent, while Fabrizio Romano recently confirmed midfield duo Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will follow suit. Three Premier League sides are already showing interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It had long been speculated Juventus loanee, Arthur Melo, would take his leave too. An option to buy was included in the Brazilian’s deal, though given his spell on Merseyside has been ravaged by injury, there didn’t appear much appetite to trigger it.

Now, even Arthur’s agent has conceded his client will not remain at Anfield beyond the current campaign.

Game over for Arthur Melo

Speaking to Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, Federico Pastorello said of Arthur: “He was unlucky.

“He arrived on the last day of the transfer market, he paid off for the season where he played little at Juventus, he was integrating and had a [serious thigh] injury so he had [to have surgery].

“It was three months of injury, he was on his second bench, I hope he can at least give his contribution.

“I think he’ll come back [to Juventus] from loan and then we’ll see what to do.”

Arthur’s exit will bring the tally of players Liverpool are known to be losing to four. But according to the Athletic’s James Pearce, two more who also won’t generate transfer fees could swell the number to six.

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Adrian, Milner on chopping block too

Writing in a Q&A, the Athletic’s Liverpool expert stated vice-captain James Milner and third-choice goalkeeper Adrian could move on too.

Both are out of contract this summer and Football Insider recently reported Klopp had demanded Milner be offered a new deal. But if Pearce is to be believed, Milner’s time may also be up.

In the event all six of the aforementioned players leave, Pearce added Liverpool will save around £650,000-a-week in salary.

The hope for Liverpool fans is that saving will then be put towards blockbuster new signings and on that front, Pearce shed light on spectacular claims surrounding Ryan Gravenberch.

German outlet Sport1 recently reported Liverpool are closely following the Dutchman who’s struggled to make an impact at Bayern Munich since his £20.5m move from Ajax last summer.

A report out of Spain then claimed Klopp had put in a request to Liverpool’s board regarding the signing of Gravenberch.

Even more newsworthy was a remarkable YouTube live stream from former Reds left-back Jose Enrique.

The Spaniard appeared to unwittingly leak Liverpool had wrapped up a move for Gravenberch last week when claiming he’d heard the news through his agent.

Pearce was asked specifically about Enrique’s suggestion Gravenberch to Liverpool was a done deal. According to the Athletic reporter, Enrique was being more than a little mischievous.

“My information is that nothing is nailed on at this stage,” said Pearce. “Gravenberch will be one of many under consideration.

“Jude Bellingham is clearly the priority.”

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