PSV Eindhoven boss Roger Schmidt has conceded that Liverpool target Donyell Malen is set to leave this summer.
The Dutch forward scored 27 times for the Eredivisie outfit last term which has attracted admiring glances from around Europe.
Jurgen Klopp could need to reshuffle his attacking options over the coming months.
Liverpool’s usually prolific front three were far from their best last season, with the possible exception of Mohamed Salah, which could see the German mix things up.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi could both move on which would leave the Reds needing to add reinforcements.
They have been heavily linked with Malen, as have Borussia Dortmund, and PSV are resigned to his departure.
“That’s how it goes in football, especially at PSV, we lose one or two good players every year,” Schmidt told Dutch news outlet NOS .
“It has been clear to me for some time that Donyell and Denzel are likely to leave. Actually last summer.
“I also take it into account and if they do stay, that is great.
“But we have to prepare ourselves that we will have to play without both next season.”
Malen has featured for the Netherlands at the Euros, predominantly off the bench, following his successful season.
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The 22-year-old is no stranger to England having spent the early part of his career at Arsenal.
He moved to the Emirates as a teenager, citing stars like Dennis Bergkamp as major factors in his reason to join.
Malen never made a senior appearance for Arenal and was limited to games at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-23 level.
Nonetheless, his form form was impressive throughout his time with the academy ranks and he notched 27 goals or assists in 58 appearances across various youth levels.
He eventually headed to PSV for a fee in the region of around £500,000.
Malen addressed his exit with Dutch outlet De Telegraaf in 2019, saying: “That I was sent away from Arsenal is certainly not true. I still had a contract for a year and Arsenal even wanted to extend that.
“I don’t play football for the money. I never did that. Otherwise I would not have left England.”
Liverpool are also set to bolster their midfield options after Gini Wijnaldum left for PSG.
Ibrahima Konate is the club’s only major summer signing thus far following his move from RB Leipzig.