Unfortunately for Southampton, the players around which the club based the foundation of their fantastic success last season has been decimated.
In a classic case of being victims of their own success, the Saints have lost star men such as Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert this summer and many have expressed their sympathy towards the South Coast club due to the loss of their key players.
Southampton have seen their squad dismantled this summer
Liverpool in particular, have been the club which has played a big part in facilitating Southampton’s squad being dismantled after snatching away Lovren, Lallana and Lambert and as a result, there is a bit of bad blood brewing between the two sides.
Coincidently, Liverpool will kick off their Premier League campaign with the clash against Southampton and the Saints will undoubtedly be out for revenge on Sunday.
However, amid all the sympathy that has been offered to Southampton – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for one, does not feel sorry at the slightest for the Saints’ exodus this summer.
Many have expressed their sympathy towards Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
Rodgers explained the reason why does not hold any feelings of sympathy towards Southampton is that it was ultimately the South Coast club’s choice as to whether or not to keep hold of their stars and added that since their ambitions have lowered, no can blame their key players of wanting to leave.
He said, “I have absolutely no sympathy for Southampton. They have a choice as a club. They don’t have to sell. They had that choice. Maybe Southampton’s objectives have changed. They were on course to be a Champions League club, I believe, but, obviously, that has changed.
Brendan Rodgers does not feel sorry for Southampton
“I suppose Liverpool have taken three players, but Arsenal have taken a player, Man United have taken a player and there might be one or two others. It’s just football. It’s just the way it works. We were after a certain type of player that fits the profile and the mould of the way we play. So, I don’t have sympathy, no.”
Liverpool square off against Southampton today at Anfield and it is sure to be a feisty affair between the two clubs.
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