Date: 31st March 2021 at 12:35pm
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Duncan Castles has been speaking on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast, where he revealed Liverpool have a ‘substantial budget’ to sign a striker this summer. 

It’s been a disappointing campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are currently sitting in sixth position in the Premier League table and a huge 25 points behind league leaders Manchester City.

The Reds have suffered from serious injuries to the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez this season, but the drop-off in form amongst their famed front-three has also been a significant hindrance.

Summer signing Diogo Jota hit the ground running at before picking up a knee problem, bagging 10 goals in 21 appearances for his new side, and Castles has revealed the reigning champions have plans to strengthen their forward line even further in the upcoming .

He said: “My information is that Liverpool have a budget to sign a striker who can also play out wide in the summer window, and it’s a substantial budget. And they’re looking for a player of similar type to Mohamed Salah.

“Now, I’m not saying that means Salah is leaving. I’m just saying that Liverpool are doing the preparatory work to sign a player of his type. And we’ve talked in recent podcasts about the possibility that it’s not just the Spanish clubs that would look at signing Salah.

“It’s also Paris Saint-Germain, who are in the market for another forward, don’t know what Kylian Mbappe is going to do. And there is an attraction within the ownership of the club – the club being owned and run by Qatar to sign the most successful Arabic speaking player of his generation, just ahead of their World Cup.”

TIF Thoughts on Liverpool’s transfer plans…

Salah has given interviews in the past suggesting he would be open to playing for either Real Madrid or Barcelona in , so it’s only logical that Liverpool plan for his eventual departure.

If the 2019 Champions League winners to qualify for next season’s elite cup competition, then the Egypt international may be tempted to call time on his stint in Merseyside this summer.

Therefore, a player of a similar style, quality and class would be required to replace the vitally important Salah if Klopp is to stand a chance of reclaiming Liverpool’s Premier League crown.