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4th May, 2017 | 8:26pm

The next batch: Three Southampton players Liverpool should watch closely on Sunday

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool have often used Southampton as a feeder club in recent years, bringing in five players from the south coast side since 2014.

It is a method which has largely proven successful for the Reds and after Sadio Mane struck twice against Jurgen Klopp’s side after coming on as a substitute in last season’s 3-2 defeat at St. Mary’s Stadium the club picked up one of their best players of the current campaign.

Now, of course long-term linked Virgil van Dijk will not be playing on Sunday due to injury.

However, here Football Insider have selected three other Saints players who could form the next batch of players to make the move north and Klopp should keep an eye on their qualities on Sunday.

Ryan Bertrand

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Bertrand is an obvious one given recent reports linking him to Liverpool and Klopp should certainly cast his eye on the England international this weekend.

The 27-year-old is reportedly growing unsettled on the south coast and wants to move back to a bigger club.

Now, Liverpool could be the perfect opportunity for him given their current limitations with both James Milner and Alberto Moreno in the left-back role and the 2012 Champions League winner could be the answer to Klopp’s problems.

Oriol Romeu

The Liverpool defence has built up a miserable reputation in recent years for conceding too many goals and this season has been the same with the joint worst defensive record in the Premier League’s top seven.

However, former Chelsea man Romeu could be the perfect addition for Liverpool with the Spaniard becoming one of the best defensive midfielders in the league this season.

Manager Claude Puel recently told that the 25-year-old is “not far off” PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante and he could solidify the Reds’ defensive unit and become their own Kante.

Manolo Gabbiadini

Gabbiadini has not long been in the Premier League after joining Southampton in January from Napoli for a fee of £14million.

However, after four months it has become clear why the Saints spent so much to purchase the six-time capped Italy international.

The 25-year-old has already struck six times in eight outings for Southampton and if he scores on Sunday he could firmly fall onto Klopp’s radar given the club’s lack of a consistent Premier League goal scoring striker.

In other Liverpool news, this senior player will be with the Under-23s ahead of the weekend encounter.

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