£35m rising to £39m is said to be the record fee that Liverpool are paying Roma for Mohamed Salah, but with the inflated prices in this summer’s window clear for all to see, Liverpool are likely to smash that record again very soon, says the Mirror’s David Maddock.

We know that Jürgen Klopp is on the look-out for a new centre back, a new left-back a new central midfielder and probably another attacking player.

With Champions League football on the horizon, the Reds are looking to upgrade the squad in several areas and the onus is very much on quality rather than quantity.

That, however, means big price tags. It’s reported that Liverpool’s top targets are Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita. Both players are probably likely to command fees over £50m.

van Dijk

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Maddock mentions Schalke’s Leon Goretzka as a potential back-up option to Keita.

There is also the possibility that Liverpool will choose to sign a first choice left-back rather than a player that is more likely to provide back up to James Milner. Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy has been linked with a switch to Anfield, but he would cost over £40m.

Other left back alternatives may include Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Hull’s Andrew Robertson.

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