Liverpool's Southampton transfers assessed by Matt Le Tissier

Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane left Southampton for Liverpool
Image: Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane are among the players to have left Southampton for Liverpool

Southampton have seen some of their best players transfer to Liverpool in recent years - and they'll come up against some familiar faces when they host the Reds in their Sky Live EFL Cup semi-final first-leg on Wednesday.

Sadio Mane may be away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne could all feature against their former club at St Mary's.

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Including Rickie Lambert - who has since left Liverpool for West Brom and been loaned out to Cardiff - Liverpool have spent over £95m on Southampton players in the past three years.

Here, Southampton legend and Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier gives his assessment on whether the five transfers were a success - and how Southampton coped with the loss…

Rickie Lambert - £4m, June 2014

Rickie Lambert: Liverpool striker lets fly against Preston at Deepdale
Image: Rickie Lambert spent just one season with Liverpool

Le Tissier says: I'm not sure he'll regret leaving Southampton as Liverpool were his team as a boy and he'd always dreamed of playing for them, but obviously his career went downhill pretty quickly after that. However, I'm not sure he would have swapped getting the chance to pull on that famous red shirt for playing in the Premier League for a few more seasons.

Image: Lambert and Adam Lallana were key attackers for Southampton

Adam Lallana - £25m, July 2014

Le Tissier says: Lallana was probably the one I was most disappointed to see go. He was always somebody who I loved going to watch and I think he's turned out to be an excellent signing for Liverpool. I'd imagine he's one of the first names on Gareth Southgate's England team-sheet and one of the few players who came out of the European Championships with any credit.
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Dejan Lovren - £20m, July 2014

Oscar (L) and Dejan Lovren battle for possession
Image: Dejan Lovren overcame a tough first season at Anfield to nail down a centre-back spot

Le Tissier says: It was a dodgy first season at Liverpool for Lovren, that's for sure, and he took a while to win over the fans, but I think he's finally got there and is showing the form he did at Southampton. However, we did pretty well in terms of replacing him with Toby Alderweireld and Virgil van Dijk at the time, two of the best centre-backs in the Premier League.

Southampton's Dejan Lovren celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
Image: Lovren celebrates scoring against Liverpool at Anfield

Nathaniel Clyne - £12.5m, July 2015

 Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton takes a throw
Image: Nathaniel Clyne spent three seasons at Southampton

Le Tissier says: Clyne is a very, very good full-back and we missed him a fair bit last season. Cedric Soares is starting to show he's good enough to replace him, with winning the Euros with Portugal obviously helping his confidence. When we had Clyne and Ryan Bertrand as full-backs we probably had one of the best pairings in the league.

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Sadio Mane - £34m, June 2016

Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the pre-season International Champions Cup football match between
Image: Sadio Mane has been a hit at Liverpool, scoring nine goals in 19 Premier League appearances so far

Le Tissier says: Mane seems to have shown more consistency at Liverpool, possibly because he's surrounded by a lot of good attacking players, which obviously helps. I'm quite pleased he's away for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night - but I'd still rate Lallana as our best export to Liverpool, with Mane a close second.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Sadio Mane of Southampton celebrates scoring his team's first goal  during the Barclays Premier League match between Southa
Image: Mane made his mark in the Premier League at Southampton
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