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Shock Liverpool superstar not off limits as FSG prepare brutal clearout to fund £250m signing spree

Liverpool stars Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah

Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah are in line for new Liverpool contracts

Liverpool are preparing a fire sale of players this summer and one superstar who’d leave a giant void could be among the exits, TEAMtalk has learned.

Anfield chiefs are looking to hand manager Jurgen Klopp a £250million war chest to rebuild his squad and they will need to sell star names to ensure the cash is there to compete for the calibre of targets they crave.

After a disastrous season in both domestic and European competitions, Liverpool look set to miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League.

That may impact their ability to attract star names this summer, yet Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham continues to be linked with a move to Anfield.

To fund that kind of transfer, Klopp is looking at the biggest overhaul of the Liverpool squad since his arrival at the club.

Indeed, back-up keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, centre-back Nat Phillips, midfielders Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and striker Roberto Firmino are all set to go.

James Milner and Jordan Henderson could also leave, yet the big wild card in this story could revolve around Mohamed Salah.

Salah status not secure

Liverpool’s American owners at the Fenway Sports Group have a history of funding transfers by selling star names and Salah is the one player who could be off-loaded for mega-money this summer.

The Egyptian signed a lucrative new contract last summer and is the highest-earning player at Liverpool, yet he has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in recent years and could still be worth around £100million if made available.

Salah has scored 24 times and assisted 11 goals this season. However, he’s lacked his customary cool head in front of goal and is joint-third in big chances missed in the Premier League this year (16). Marcus Rashford and Ivan Toney are level on 16, while Darwin Nunez has 18 and Erling Haaland 20.

After a tough season for Salah, he could be put up for sale by Liverpool chiefs, with Anfield goalscoring great John Aldridge previously suggesting it “could be an option” this summer.

“In the past, FSG have financed big-money moves by selling star names such as Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho for mega money,” Aldridge told the Sunday World.

“That meant they were basically reinvesting the cash generated by sales to sign new players – and it proved to be a highly successful policy as Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker were among the big success stories and they could do it again now.

“Every team has a natural cycle and after going so close to winning four trophies last season, Liverpool have lost their way in alarming fashion.

“New owners could have been the solution if they had the finances needed to compete in the modern game, but FSG will need to get involved in the madness if they are to protect their investment.

“They bought this great club for £270million in 2010 and they could probably sell it for £3billion now.

“Yet that value will plummet unless they ensure the team continues to be competitive in the game’s top competitions.

“Liverpool may struggle to sign players of Jude Bellingham’s calibre this summer if they are not in the Champions League, but they have to do all they can to turn the tide before it might become terminal.

“There may be a debate over whether selling Salah this summer and using that money to reinvest in the team may be an option, even though a lot of fans might not like it as Salah is a legend.”

Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, recently hit out at claims his star client might leave Liverpool this summer, but the club may be open to his exit as they look to rebuild their squad.

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