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Virgil van Dijk, Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand potential Liverpool targets, says Phil Thompson

Generic Phil Thompson image 10/08/2016
Image: Phil Thompson says three Saints are likely to interest Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool will be sizing up another raid of Southampton's squad this summer ahead of their Super Sunday showdown, says Phil Thompson.

The Reds have signed no less than five Saints over the last three summers, with Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert all arriving for over £100m.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to strengthen again this summer after failing to maintain their Premier League title chase, with securing a top-four finish the focus when Claude Puel's men visit Anfield in Sunday's early kick-off.

We asked Soccer Saturday pundit Thommo to pick out the potential targets from St Mary's this summer...

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk
Image: Virgil van Dijk is expected to have his suitors this summer

I'd straight away say Van Dijk, who I have always rated. The way he plays the game would make him a perfect fit for a Klopp team. There's always been an affiliation with Dutch players at Liverpool. I remember the 60s when we first played against Johan Cruyff's Ajax and we were left in awe.

We obviously talk about Dirk Kuyt very highly and I think the club have a connection to that Dutch style of play. Our big issue is that the other sides in the top six will also be looking at him.

Ryan Bertrand

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (right) in action with Southampton's Ryan Bertrand (centre) and Maya Yoshida
Image: Ryan Bertrand challenges Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

Bertrand is another one who would improve us. James Milner has been nothing short of fantastic but he's not a natural left-back and it's hard to see any sort of future for Alberto Moreno at the club. Bertrand is a good defender and he times his movement going forward particularly well.

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Oriol Romeu

Oriol Romeu in action against West Brom at St Mary's Stadium
Image: Oriol Romeu has impressed in front of the Saints backline

There might be a bit of interest as well in Romeu, who has had an excellent season and does exactly what it says on the tin. He's a destroyer, he's got a great attitude and passes the ball very well. If Southampton were interested in cashing in then he'd offer us something we don't really have at the moment.

I wind up Le Tiss up asking if the tea lady makes a good brew and what her contract is like, but it's a compliment to them really as they're as good as anyone around at producing players.

Thommo predicts...
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