Liverpool are confident they will strike a deal for Fulham’s highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon, initiating a busy summer where Jürgen Klopp wants to bring in five new signings to bolster the squad for a campaign involving competition on four fronts.

The German also hopes to sign both Timo Werner and Naby Keita from Red Bull Leipzig and Andrew Robertson from Hull City, as he seeks to sign at least one left-back, a forward, a central midfielder and a centre-half. Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk has been the main target for central defence but, although Liverpool are still pursuing the Dutch international, it is currently felt by those close to him that Chelsea are his likeliest destination.

Conscious of how Liverpool’s early-season title challenge faded, as well as how they will face an even bigger fixture list next season in either the Champions League or Europa League, Klopp wants to add more options - especially at left-back.