Liverpool have raided the Southampton squad persistently for the last few seasons and that’s been well documented in the media with our now annual summer exodus.
Sadly for Southampton, Wednesday evening showed exactly what we are missing this season following successive transfer window exits.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane were superb as they attacked a Manchester City side that had no answer to the onslaught. In defence Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk were at their imperious best allowing City no way through to threaten their goal.
The Ox scored a superb goal from 25 yards and Mane was at his superb best and scored with ease after Firmino set him up. All four players showed their class throughout the game.
It’s a pity that we were unable to keep them at St Mary’s, and they are just four of the many that we have let go in recent years. They may take the midweek headlines but we also have to factor in Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne who also finds themselves at Anfield.
Though the latter two were merely watching on, it goes to show how many quality players we have lost in recent times and how they haven’t been adequately replaced.
Hopefully we can now begin replacing our current under performing team over the summer with some good young and hungry players like we have done before and get ourselves back on track as this season’s failures cannot become a habit – it has to be a one off or we will see struggles like Aston Villa and Sunderland have in recent times.