The Liverpool-Southampton relation is a fascinating one, with few Southampton Saints switching to the Liverpool Red.
Liverpool have spent nearly 100 million (95.5 million Euros) in signing Southampton players in recent transfers since 2014. It is seven times the sum which Southampton Katharina Liebherr paid to buy the entire club in 2009.
Sadio Mane – £34 million
The most recent acquisition from St. Mary’s has been an instant hit among the Liverpool fans. Mane was acquired for a reported sum of 34 million and has settled in Klopp’s system with absolute ease. The Senegal winger’s importance was felt when he was away at Afcon as Liverpool struggled to keep up the momentum gained during his presence. He has pace to burn and is a lethal finisher when on song.
Adam Lallana – £25 million
Lallana was signed in 2014 and he took his time to settle in Anfield. The English midfielder is now one of the first names on the team sheet for Kloop and epitomizes the Kloop’s pressing football. If we rank the success of Southampton stars in Liverpool colour, Lallana would be up for the top spot. The 28 year old has improved leaps and bounds under Klopp and his work rate defies logic.
Rickie Lambert – £4 million
There were few transfers that did not go down the expected road. The story of Lambert, signed for 4 million makes for a perfect fairy tale with an anti-climax. The striker started as a worker in a beetroot factory, grew up the gruelling ladder of the football world and made it to his childhood dream club. Lambert’s career didn’t really take off in the red shirt but the chance to pull on his favourite jersey was worth it for the England international.
Dejan Lovren – £20 million
Lovren is slowly growing into his role in Anfield and was signed for a reported fee in the region of 20 million Euros. The striker was deemed as a disaster after his first season but has begun to enjoy some success under Kloop. His goal against Dortmund will forever be remembered in the Anfield Folklore. Southampton have replaced him with excellent players and probably miss him the least out of the players who left their club for Liverpool.
Nathaniel Clyne – £12.5m
Clyne was one of the bargain buys for Liverpool. Clyne was signed for a fee of 12.5 million and has proved that he is worth every penny. The defender has been a consistent performer for the side and notched up over 60 appearances last season. He was linked with a sensational transfer to Camp Nou and that goes on to show the quality he brings to Kloop’s side.
The summer is almost here and the rumour mill is up and running. Once again, Southampton look set to lose their star players to Liverpool. Virgil Van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand are linked with eventual departure from St. Mary’s to Anfield. Elsewhere the sky is blue.