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Four Liverpool players on verge of exit in last-minute Anfield clear out

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After taking four points from their opening three games of the Premier League season, Liverpool fans will be hoping to see a couple of new faces arrive before the transfer window closes.

However, it looks like Jurgen Klopp and co. are more focussed on trimming their squad than adding to it, with reports suggesting no less than four players are set to leave Anfield either today or tomorrow.

The quartet have all failed to work their way into the German manager's plans in recent months and, despite arguably leaving the Merseyside club a little short on numbers, few, if any, fans will argue with their impending departures.

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According to the Daily Mail, if all goes to plan between now and 11pm on Wednesday, long-time wantaway striker Mario Balotelli will be joined by Luis Alberto, Lazar Markovic and Andre Wisdom in being shown the exit door.

However, it is only Luis Alberto - set for a £6 million move to Lazio - who will be leaving on a permanent basis.

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As previously reported, Balotelli looks increasingly likely to join Nice on loan, whilst short-term deals are also being sought for Wisdom and Markovic.

The latter is drawing interest from AC Milan after failing to convince Klopp he could be an asset on the wing this season, whilst defender Wisdom is set to link up with Red Bull Salzburg in Austria on a season-long loan.

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Alberto's move to Lazio, meanwhile, is worth an initial £4.3 million, with £1.7m in add-ons and a 30 percent sell-on clause inserted into the deal for the midfielder who failed to live up to the lofty expectations that surrounded his arrival from Sevilla in 2013.

With Klopp looking to get rid of the deadwood in the Liverpool squad, none of the four departures are particular surprises. Perhaps, considering the Anfield club's lack of options in defence, Wisdom is the one member of the quartet who could have seen genuine game time this season.

However, with Mamadou Sakho apparently turning down his own loan move to Stoke City, Klopp does have the Frenchman to call up if they can work out their differences after the player was sent home from Liverpool's pre-season tour.

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Only time will tell if Liverpool are able to bring in any reinforcements to replace the quartet before the window slams shut on Wednesday night.

Just yesterday it emerged that young Croatian midfielder Ante Coric had turned them down, so they are clearly still in the market with around 30 hours to go before the deadline passes.

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