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It's All Go At Liverpool As Klopp Clears Out Two Of Last Season's Regulars

It's All Go At Liverpool As Klopp Clears Out Two Of Last Season's Regulars

Liverpool have been relatively quiet so far during the transfer window. That's a somewhat strange thing to say when they've already splashed out £30 million on Sadio Mané but, with Man United threatening to break the market in two and the expected Klopp effect, Liverpool fans may have been expecting a bit more.

Alongside Mané, Loris Karius and Joel Matip have arrived from Germany but there's been no sign of the Mario Gotze style signing that many fans had been anticipating. With links to Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski running cold, Liverpool's transfer strategy would appear to be kept under the radar until after Euro 2016 at the very least.

There has however, been quite a bit of movement in terms of the 'out' column at Anfield today.

First up, it's no surprise to see Martin Skrtel set to depart after eight years with the club. The big Slovakian had been Liverpool's second longest serving player after Lucas but some of his performances last season left a lot to be desired and it was clear as day that Klopp didn't see him anywhere near his starting XI.

While fans will be no doubt be thankful for his service, there won't be too many tears shed as Fenerbahce have today said that Skrtel is in talks over a move to Turkey a reported £5.5 million.

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If that was expected, the next man to leave Anfield is somewhat more of a surprise. A deal has been agreed with Bournemouth to take Jordan Ibe to the Vitality Stadium for the princely sum of £15 million.

That's an awful lot of money for someone who's flattered to deceive at times in the Premier League but there's sure to be a very definite sense of 'what if' about Ibe's expected departure. On his day, he can be excellent and he certainly could become a hell of a player with Bournemouth. However, he wasn't taking the chances that were afforded to him and with added competition coming in this summer, it was unlikely he was going to be given many more chances to impress.

Now, if they can just convince someone like Palace or West Ham to stump up all of what they paid for Christian Benteke.

Gary Reilly

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