COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
It is no secret that a number of players have made the switch from the south coast to Anfield in recent years, but players have moved in the other direction too.
There have been a lot of successes, including Liverpool’s current crop of Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane.
There have been a few flops as well, but it’s possible to get a starting XI out from players that have represented both sides.
With the two sides set to play on Saturday in the Premier League, here’s our best XI:
Zimbabwean goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar starts between the posts. The shot-stopper enjoyed his best years at Anfield, playing between 1981 to 1994, before making the switch Southampton. He played on the south coast for two years before leaving for Plymouth.
Current Liverpool duo Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne take two of the spots in front of Grobbelaar. Lovren was part of the Saints team for just one season before joining Liverpool for £20million in July 2014. Clyne joined Nigel Adkins’ Southampton team following their promotion in 2012 and starred for three years before making the switch to Anfield.
Gregory Vignal and Steve Caulker aren’t household names and were just loanees at Southampton. Caulker also suffered a short loan spell at Liverpool from January to July this year, but only made four appearances for the Reds. Vignal was a Liverpool player for five years but only made 16 first-team appearances and spent most of the time out on loan.
The midfield is an embarrassment of riches, with two current greats linking up with two legends of the game.
Adam Lallana was part of the Southampton side that made the surge up the English leagues and was made captain in 2012. He was at the club for 14 years before completing a £25million deal with Liverpool in 2014, and is currently showing his class for both club and country.
Meanwhile, Sadio Mane was part of Ronald Koeman’s Saints for two years and impressed Jurgen Klopp enough to warrant a £34million fee this summer.
Jamie Redknapp and Kevin Keegan make up the talented foursome. Both players made the switch to Southampton late in their careers, with the former actually retiring on the south coast. Liverpool fans saw the best out of the duo though, with the pair playing out a combined 17 years at Anfield.
In contrast to the current Liverpool attack, we’ve got two big men up-top – Rickie Lambert and Peter Crouch. Both were England internationals and Lambert is considered a legend on the south coast, despite leaving them in 2014 for his boyhood club. That didn’t go so well unfortunately and he left Liverpool after a year for West Brom.
Crouch only lasted one year at Southampton and was part of the team that was relegated in the 2004/05 season. He left them to deal with the Championship, and headed back to the Premier League with Liverpool in a £7million deal, where he stayed for three years.
In other Liverpool news, this Reds man has claimed that it is “unacceptable” for him to be on the Liverpool substitute’s bench.