Liverpool plotting huge £100m-plus spree this summer: They plan to smash transfer record

LIVERPOOL are reportedly set for a spending spree this summer that could exceed £100m.

The Reds secured Champions League football for next season by finishing the current campaign in fourth place.

And the Telegraph report that majority owners Fenway Sports Group is looking to build on that platform by spending well over £100m in the coming transfer window.

They report Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is on their wish list and given that he’s valued at around £50m, acquiring him would smash the transfer record set by the club when they bought Sadio Mane from Saints last summer.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita are also mentioned by the Telegraph as potential transfer targets as Jurgen Klopp plans to reinforce his squad.

Their report adds that while Liverpool were previously interested in Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, the fact that Real Madrid had a £100m bid turned down for the 18-year-old will put off the Anfield outfit.

Despite the excitement around the club at securing a top-four finish, makeshift left-back James Milner says he hopes players won’t join his team that are only interested in playing in Europe’s elite club competition.

“It’s disrespectful to the club if you say the only reason you are going to Liverpool is for Champions League,” he said.

“With the history, the manager and the players at this club, it’s slightly disrespectful if the only reason you come is that.

“Maybe [the club is more attractive] but it’s one thing saying you are coming to play Champions League and another proving you are good enough to play in it.

“You have to come here and do the business.”