For the fourth time this season, the Liverpool fans propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern have been left frustrated by Premier League rivals Southampton.
The Reds, despite the vast array of attacking enterprise on offer to Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, have failed to break the Saints down at all over the course of this campaign, not registering a goal against them.
Amazingly, the Saints’ defensive dominance over the Anfield giants comes despite the fact they’ve frequently lost their best players to Liverpool over the years. The likes of Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren and Sadio Mane have made the move to Merseyside since 2014, though it appears the Reds still can’t beat Southampton.
So, the fact Saints skipper Virgil van Dijk has been so strongly touted as a potential target for Jurgen Klopp barely comes as much a surprise. With Liverpool struggling to wholly convince when it comes to defending, the Dutchman would be a wonderful addition.
However, any deal to take the former Celtic man away from the south coast would likely be hugely expensive. With that in mind, Liverpool would be smarter to plough that money towards another Southampton star.
Obviously, improving the Reds’ defensive work needs to be Jurgen Klopp’s priority this summer. Still, that shouldn’t isolate him to only working on the backline over the next few months.
Oriol Romeu would be a wonderful addition at Anfield. The Spaniard has excelled following the departure of Victor Wanyama this season, emerging as one of the most formidable defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
Liverpool have struggled in that department for near enough the entirety of the campaign. Jordan Henderson has struggled with injury for swathes of the season, while Emre Can (despite THAT goal vs Watford) doesn’t offer a huge amount in the way of getting around the park.
Well, Romeu certainly does. The former Chelsea man is as industrious as they come when it comes to breaking down opposition attacks and affords his side far more attacking enterprise.
Crucially for Liverpool, the 25-year-old is also reasonably good on the ball. While not the most expansive passer in the world, the La Masia graduate is able to recycle possession quickly and efficiently, qualities lending themselves to Liverpool’s counter-attacking style.
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