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Liverpool should sign three Southampton players says club legend

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He's hardly "ITK," but Phil Thompson has helped start silly season ahead of Saints' trip to Anfield.

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Liverpool legend Phil Thompson says his team should and could well be signing up to three Southampton players in the upcoming transfer window.

Well, it is a day before Saints' trip to Liverpool. Obviously this is the topic which springs to mind given our last three summer transfer windows.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Thompson said Liverpool will be after the trio of Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu this summer.

If true and the players sign for Liverpool, this would add to Liverpool's extensive collection of former Saints players, which includes Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

Thompson said: "Bertrand is 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. 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 Matt Le Tissier 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.

“I’d straight away say Van Dijk (should sign), 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.”