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Make or break: These 2 Southampton players seriously need to impress during pre-season

Southampton fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are desperate to see some incomings. The Saints are yet to really kick-start their summer business, with just Polish defender Jan Bednarek arriving from Lech Poznan so far.

Despite the lack of incomings, Saints fans are perhaps more anxious over who else may leave the south coast side. And they won’t be shocked to hear that it’s Liverpool who have come knocking.

Centre-back Virgil van Dijk is reportedly wanted by a number of clubs, including the Reds and Manchester United, while Jurgen Klopp’s side were also linked with playmaker Dusan Tadic last month.

Southampton though left Liverpool red-faced after complaining to the FA over an alleged tapping up of Van Dijk as the Merseysiders’ reputation in the transfer market continues to spiral.

A number of Saints players will be eager to be in Pellegrino’s plans, after failing to deliver at St Mary’s last season.

We’ve identified TWO players who need to make an impact on their new manger in pre-season…

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