By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have turned their attentions to a new Southampton player in the form of attacker Dusan Tadic, according to a report.
The Times have reported on their website that the 28-year-old left-winger has a £13million release clause placed in his contract and that the Reds have expressed an interest in signing the Serbian.
It is also detailed that Tadic would welcome a move to Merseyside due to growing disillusioned with the management of Claude Puel in the last campaign, who he publicly criticised for continuously substituting him during matches.
The Frenchman’s leadership had a huge impact on Tadic’s season, as he marked his poorest return since moving to the Premier League in the summer of 2014 with just eight assists and three goals in 44 matches in all competitions.
Liverpool have however already had a prior altercation with Southampton this summer with the south coast club deciding to report them over their interest in star centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds have since announced they have dropped interest in the Holland international, but Tadic’s release clause is understood to allow Liverpool to recruit the attacker without any complications.
Football Insider verdict:
If Tadic is the sort of player Liverpool are looking at now then the club will make the same mistakes as they did in the summer of 2014. The Reds’ transfer business made Liverpool take two steps backwards after achieving a second placed finish three years ago following the signings of such players like Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno and Mario Balotelli. Tadic would fit into the category of those four names and while Liverpool have previously found success in acquiring their stars from Southampton, it is doubtful that Tadic will meet the standards that is needed for the prestigious club to push on.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Stan Collymore believes the Reds should be interested in Tottenham 26-year-old.