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Liverpool target two World Cup stars ahead of £100m Anfield clear-out: Premier League transfer rumours

Jurgen Klopp has already said that he is 'pretty sure' Liverpool's incoming transfer deals are done for the summer but that's not stopping the transfer rumours from raging.

First up, of course, is Nabil Fekir, who is still a fair bet for top google search among the Liverpool support.

The Lyon skipper was on the cusp of a switch to Anfield last month before a reported medical complication led to the deal collapsing. However, fans on social media are still holding out hope that they'll get their man.

That's been fuelled in recent hours by reports that Lyon have bid for Porto midfielder Hector Herrera. Speculation has followed that Herrera may be a replacement for Fekir with the France World Cup star still said to be keen on a move to Anfield.

How do the fans know what he's thinking? Well one of them seems to have asked him. Noor Patterson spotted the player in a Dubai shopping centre, stopped him for a quick photo and says she also sought out a transfer scoop.

"Still waiting for you to join Liverpool," she said. And she got what she was looking for as, she says, Fekir laughed and responded "Yeah, yeah. Inshallah." Inshallah translates from Arabic to mean 'God willing'  or 'if God wills'.

Away from the frantic Fekir talk, Liverpool are being linked with an alternative attacking midfielder. That comes in the form of Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic. Marca (via the Express) have reported that the Reds are willing to offer the Croatian increased playing time as he becomes increasingly frustrated with limited opportunities at the Bernabeu. Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Juventus have also been linked with the 24-year-old.

However, going through the exit at Anfield could be a raft of fringe players with the club hoping to raise as much as £100m from the sales.

Heading the exodus could be goalkeeper Loris Karius, who has revealed he is considering his future at the club. Karius could leave Liverpool before the transfer window closes after admitting his bitter disappointment at the £65m record capture of Alisson, the Brazilian goalkeeper.

The futures of seven other players including Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Sheyi Ojo, Lazar Markovic and Pedro Chirivella are also uncertain as Klopp moves to trim his squad.

Valencia are set to make a £27million move for Origi, the Belgium international, and forward Ings is a target for Premier League clubs including Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton. Liverpool will demand £20m plus add-ons for Ings.

Lazar Markovic is wanted by clubs in Greece and Turkey while Middlesbrough, Wolfsburg and Reading have inquired about Ojo, the winger who is valued at £15m by the Merseysiders.

Lazio and Cardiff are in talks over a possible deal for Marko Grujic – though Klopp is happy to keep the Serbian midfielder - and Sporting Lisbon are interested in signing Chirivella either on loan or permanently.

Ben Woodburn will be allowed to leave on loan after Liverpool’s American tour.

Promising youngsters Harry Wilson and Ovie Ejaria have already gone on loan to Derby and Rangers respectively while third-choice goalkeeper Danny Ward has been sold to Leicester.

“When all the players are back the squad is big, so it is clear they all need opportunities to play,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.tv.

“The ones who are very young, we don’t think about it; they are in absolutely the right place now and if they can play with us or the under-23s, it is perfect.

“Both is really good and we don’t have to rush that, but then we have other age groups where you think it makes no sense to show in a different league, maybe a different club in a different league, how far they are in the moment.

“Then of course, it is clear there are always requests from other clubs and we need to stay open for that.

“In the end, it makes no sense to have 35 players in the squad because developing players means they have to feel needed; they need to see ‘in this or this situation, I can play in the team’ and all that stuff.

“I am pretty sure a few things will happen, but exactly what time will show.”

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