Are Liverpool about to spend £20m on the wrong Saints midfielder?

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Liverpool may be better off going for Morgan Schneiderlin over Adam Lallana.

Southampton are probably the unluckiest club in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino guided the Saints to an eighth place finish in the Premier League last season and is reportedly being circled by Tottenham like a shark waiting for a sign of weakness.

The players who engineered Southampton’s relative success last season are also being target with Manchester United keen on Luke Shaw while Liverpool reportedly focus on Adam Lallana.

In the case of the Anfield club, should they be focusing on another midfielder? Namely, Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin.

Liverpool are not a club starved in terms of creativity.

Steven Gerrard is as effective as other in various areas across the midfield, playing a predominantly deeper role but also proving he’s still got what it takes to play in behind the attack.

Philippe Coutinho has come on leaps and bounds from the player that first joined the club the winter before last and should the Reds sign a left sided winger this summer, the Brazilian can move into a more central role.

Then there’s Luis Suarez, a striker often followed around by controversy but a player who showed a respectable level of professionalism last season, as he notched up more goals and assists than any other forward.

  ClubPosGoal AssistGoalsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 12 31 33 2,964
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 10 13 37 2,816
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 10 17 29 2,448
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 8 16 36 3,081
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 7 21 29 2,275

What Liverpool don’t have is something that Schneiderlin can give them; a player perfectly suited to sitting and protecting the back four.

Schneiderlin will create knock on effects which will benefit Brendan Rodgers and the side, allowing Lucas to move forward into a more advanced role and releasing Jordan Henderson from some of his defensive responsibility.

He’s also just made it clear that for the sake of his progress, he wants to be playing for a Champions League club. Box ticked and another huge reason for Liverpool to try and go after him.

In short, spending £20 million of a limited budget on a player Liverpool already have seems pointless when they can spend that cash trying to sign someone who presents more benefits than simply the fact he’s a top quality holding midfielder.

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