Liverpool are turning to new transfer targets as Jurgen Klopp gave another headache in Saudi Arabia

Jurgen Klopp has already suffered from the growing Saudi influence on the Premier League.

But the Liverpool boss certainly could not have foreseen the direct impact the country’s bid to position itself as a major football power on the global stage would have on his plans.

Having seen majority-owned Newcastle United grab the final Champions League qualification spot ahead of his side last season, the ambitious Saudi Pro League now threatens Klopp’s efforts to reclaim Liverpool’s place among Europe’s elite before the new campaign has even started.

The £40m bid from Al Ittihad for Fabinho has unsettled the Liverpool squad as they stepped up their pre-season preparations by flying to Germany for a 10-day training camp.

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The fact that Fabinho has stayed at home and the Reds have not rejected the bid suggests that a deal is likely to be on the way. Klopp’s policy is that Liverpool will not stand in the way of any player wanting to leave, provided the proposed deal makes sense for the club. And in that regard, the Reds’ recovery of almost all of the £43.7m they spent on signing the player from Monaco five years ago makes it something of a no-brainer.

However, it would cause a significant headache for Liverpool’s recruitment team and especially new sporting director Jorg Schmadtke. Having issued an early statement of intent with the capture of Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig, Schmadtke now faces a real test in helping to identify a ready-made replacement for Fabinho.

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