After countless hypothesis, tens of millions of kilos in gives and even an apology, Liverpool are lastly going to get their man, with a membership report £75m deal agreed with Southampton for the sale of centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
It most likely hasn’t escaped your discover that Van Dijk will not be the primary participant to make the transfer from Southampton to Liverpool in the previous few seasons. Here is a have a look at the others to have made this explicit transfer in recent times.
1. Rickie Lambert
Lambert’s transfer to Anfield for £4m on the opening day of the 2014 summer time switch window had headline writers throughout the nation churning out the ‘fairytale’ story of the previous manufacturing unit employee now enjoying for considered one of English soccer’s most profitable golf equipment – and the membership he supported as a teenager.
The transfer got here after the ahead scored 28 objectives in his first two Premier League seasons with Southampton to earn himself a name as much as England’s 2014 World Cup squad.
That nevertheless, was as far the fairytale would go. Lambert scored simply three objectives in 36 appearances throughout all competitions in his one season at Anfield. Two equally unspectacular season with West Brom and Cardiff adopted, resulting in the previous England worldwide retiring in October 2017 after failing to discover a new membership.
2. Adam Lallana
Arriving on the identical day as Lambert, Adam Lallana’s considerably larger price ticket of £25m positioned considerably extra expectation on him than his fellow Englishman because the duo made the transfer north.
To that extent, Lallana has delivered for his Anfield paymasters. Having been considered one of Liverpool’s go-to males when it got here to creating issues occur within the remaining third throughout his first few seasons on the membership, the meeting of the so known as ‘fab 4’ and a heap of damage issues have seen Lallana’s influence diminish considerably.
Regardless of that diminished position, the England worldwide continues to be an necessary supply of creativity for Jurgen Klopp’s facet.
three. Dejan Lovren
Introduced in throughout the identical switch window as Lambert and Lallana, Lovren was introduced in with the goal of strengthening Liverpool’s defence after only a single season as a commanding presence in Southampton’s defence.
That type nevertheless, has did not proceed for the Croatian following his transfer to Anfield. Lovren has are available in for loads of criticism for numerous effectively publicised and dear errors, however continues to be an everyday characteristic of Jurgen Klopp’s beginning lineup – although which will have as a lot to do with the shortage of other choices in that place because it does with anything.
four. Nathaniel Clyne
Twelve months later, Liverpool would return to Southampton to prise away one other one of many Saints’ prised property, with a £12.5m deal for full again Nathaniel Clyne confirmed at the beginning of July 2015.
In contrast to Lovren, Clyne’s place in Liverpool’s defensive position has hardly ever got here below scrutiny in his first two seasons at Anfield, with the England worldwide’s menace going ahead proving to be simply as helpful as his presence on the again – though followers had been starting to activate him earlier than his latest layoff.
Clyne’s progress has nevertheless been halted of late by a again damage that has prevented him from making a single look thus far this season.
5. Sadio Mane
Earlier than Van Dijk’s switch had been agreed, essentially the most Liverpool had spent on a Southampton participant was the £34m flung right down to the south coast to safe the providers of Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane in June 2016.
Liverpool’s choice to half with such a charge was rapidly justified. As was the case throughout his days at Southampton, Mane’s tempo and management made him a menace for Premier League defences, and he ended the season as Liverpool’s joint high Premier League goalscorer with 13 (together with Philippe Coutinho).
A hamstring damage has hampered Mane considerably this season, however he continues to be an integral half out Liverpool’s facet when match, making up one of many so-called fab 4 alongside Coutinho; Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.