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The reason why Liverpool could not sign Donyell Malen this summer

According to Fabrizio Romano (h/t Express), Liverpool were interested in signing Dutch youngster Donyell Malen this summer but because the Reds could not execute the sales of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, they had to let go of their interest in Malen, who eventually joined Borussia Dortmund. 

With the Reds interested in listening to offers for both Origi and Shaqiri this summer, the club have explored the possibility of signing a couple of forwards to add more depth to their frontline.

Malen, who scored 19 goals in 32 Eredivisie matches last season, was one of the players who Liverpool were targeting this summer. The Dutchman featured for his country at the Euros, as helped his side reach the Round of 16 of the tournament, where they eventually bowed out to the Czech Republic. 

Donyell Malen is a target for Liverpool.
Donyell Malen was a transfer target for Liverpool. (imago Images)

PSV allowed the forward to leave this summer while Liverpool also held talks with the 22-year-old. However, the deal failed to materialize as the Reds would have wanted to execute the sales of Origi and Shaqiri before they added another attacker to the squad. 

Although Liverpool are ready to let go of Origi and Shaqiri this summer, there have not been many suitors for the duo. Thus, while the duo could still leave this summer, Liverpool would be keen on signing a forward before the end of the summer transfer window. 

Donyell Malen is on Liverpool's radar. (imago Images)
Donyell Malen joined Borussia Dortmund this summer. (imago Images)

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Jurgen Klopp would be aware that he could lose both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah next January for the Africa Cup of Nations, which is all the more reason why the Reds would need substantial depth in the frontline, especially if they hope to challenge for the biggest titles this season.