The Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern have, by and large, been impressed with their club’s recruitment from Southampton. Indeed, while the Rickie Lambert experiment still looks rather strange, the likes of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk all look rather good.
With that in mind, some of our resident Reds are discussing exactly who should be next. The Saints are struggling towards the bottom of the table and relegation to the Championship is a genuine possibility, so perhaps another fire sale could be in order down on the south coast this summer.
Ryan Bertrand has previously been linked with a move to Anfield though the form of Andy Robertson of late means Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to strengthen in the left-back position, putting an end to a long-running problem on Merseyside. So, with Bertrand no longer a priority, Liverpool should look to one of his attacking teammates as their next target.
Having lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona over the course of the January transfer window, Klopp could do with a technician who can pull wide from a central midfield berth and create behind the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. With that in mind, perhaps they should consider a move for Sofiane Boufal.
The Moroccan has shown flashes of brilliance since joining Saints from Lille in the summer of 2016, albeit fairly inconsistently. Clearly a wonderful talent, the 24-year-old can fill that Coutinho role, creating in a free role just behind the attacking line, though in front of the engine room water carriers.
Also able to play out on the wing, Boufal would act as cover and competition there too, making him a valuable member of the squad. There’s no doubt he’s inconsistent, though we’ve seen how Klopp develops attacking talent and, rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, could become a big player on Merseyside.