Liverpool may lose midfielders who have made a total of 1,318 Reds appearances in the summer transfer window.
James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita have all departed the club when their contracts expired.
However, Jordan Henderson, who has 491 appearances for the club, and Fabinho, who has 219 appearances, both looked to be on their way.
It implies that manager Jurgen Klopp’s midfield makeover has turned into a full-scale overhaul.
SO WHAT HAS HAPPENED?
Brazil international Fabinho was the subject of a £40m bid from Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad last Friday and, as a result, did not travel with the rest of the Reds squad to a training camp in Germany the following day.
Henderson did make the trip amid links with Al-Ettifaq but, after he was left out of Liverpool’s first pre-season game against Karlsruher on Wednesday, it emerged that the club had agreed a deal in principle worth £12m plus add-ons to sell him to the Saudi side.
Along with most of the Liverpool team, both struggled last season before showing a welcome return to some form as the team won seven of their final nine games.
Unlike Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita, they were not going to be ushered to the Anfield exit door.
The initial plan, under which attacking midfielders Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai arrived, was for the Reds to work on supplementing those signings with a long-term successor to 29-year-old Fabinho.