PHOTO: Koeman jokes as Arsenal and Liverpool linked with more Saints stars

Luke Shaw and Southampton players

The new Southampton manager took to Twitter to joke about the large amount of players leaving his club, with Arsenal and Liverpool closing in on further deals

New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has seemingly made a joke out of the current situation at Southampton, by posting a picture of an empty training ground on Twitter.

Saints have seen a number of their high profile stars leave already this summer, with more departures looking set to be confirmed in the near future.

Liverpool have already completed moves for Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert this summer and are reportedly closing in on a deal to bring Jay Rodriguez to Anfield, too.

This is in addition to the big money move, which saw Luke Shaw leave to join Manchester United earlier in the transfer window.

The mass exodus does not appear to be stopping there, though, and both Calum Chambers and Morgan Schneiderlin could be heading to Arsenal – with Arsene Wenger’s side reportedly interested in the pair.

It leaves Southampton’s squad looking bare ahead of the new season, which could well be a struggle.

Saints had a golden year last season, achieving their highest Premier League finish in their history of eighth and doing so in some style.

The south-coast side, then managed by Maurico Pochettino, who has also left to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer, played with a verve and a swagger that was built around an English core and won many admirers.

Unfortunately for them, in modern day football, plaudits often lead to interest and they have struggled to keep hold of many of their stars as their profiles increased.

As a result, Koeman’s task is an unenviable one, but there is hope that the club’s reputed academy system can continue to produce the talent required to keep the side in the Premier League.

They also have plenty of money to spend this summer and have already invested around £20million of it into the signings of Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle, who they hope will compensate for some of the losses.

At least the spirits seem to be remaining high, too, with Koeman seemingly able to make fun of the current scenario facing him.

Southampton fans will be hoping he will still be able to see the funny side at the end of the season.

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