Martin Keown: Why Liverpool need to learn from Southampton

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Former England defender Martin Keown believes Liverpool should look at Southampton's transfer policy and try to emulate it.

Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that Liverpool need to take lessons from Southampton with regards with to their transfer policy. 

Liverpool have lost the likes of Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez in recent times, and they have failed to replace either of them adequately. 

As a result, Keown feels that Brendan Rodgers should take a look at the way the Saints do business, as they have managed to replace many of their key stars over the last two summer windows. 

"It was not that long ago that Liverpool were taking the league by storm under Rodgers but now they lack consistency," Keown said. "They have lost key personnel but that happens to clubs. Southampton have to deal with it most years and they seem to recover. They bring in players who are not necessarily outstanding but they end up doing an outstanding job for their club."

Liverpool are actually the club where many of Southampton's best players have ended up, with Rodgers finding St. Mary's to be a fruitful hunting ground.

The likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne have all moved to Anfield from Southampton in recent seasons, but Ronald Koeman has managed to find cover for all of his departing stars.

It is a transfer strategy which has made them the envy of many teams across England, but the signs are that they may not have recruited quite as well over the summer this time around.

Southampton have struggled to find form so far this term, and they currently sit in 16th place in the Premier League table, having won just once in their opening six matches. 

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