Should Mario Lemina be the next Southampton player Liverpool target?

Jack Stephens of Southampton celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team mates during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on...

Liverpool have a history of buying Southampton players so should Mario Lemina be the next one the list?

Jack Stephens of Southampton celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team mates during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on...Jack Stephens of Southampton celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates during the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion.

Southampton picked up a vital three points at fellow relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion at the weekend to move out of the bottom three.

The Saints came from behind at the Hawthorns after Ahmed Hegazi gave the hosts the lead through goals from Mario Lemina, Jack Stephens and James Ward-Prowse, with Salomon Rondon's header proving to be nothing more than a consolation in a 3-2 defeat for West Brom.

Jose Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on...Jose Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match against Southampton.

While homegrown talent such as Stephens and Ward-Prowse doing well will be pleasing to the club, it is probably Lemina who has caught the most eyes following his summer switch from Juventus.

The strike against the Baggies - a screamer into the top corner from the edge of the box - was the midfielder's first for the club, but as spectacular as that was it was the 24-year-old's all-round display which was more impressive.

Lemina is a box-to-box player who is constantly looking to move the play from defence into the attacking third and while pundit Garth Crooks wrote in his BBC team of the week column that the Gabon international was an "Arsenal player", should Liverpool actually be taking a closer look?

Mario Lemina of Southampton celebrates scoring with Mauricio Pellegrino manager of Southampton during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns...Mario Lemina of Southampton celebrates scoring with manager Mauricio Pellegrino during the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion.

According to the Sun the Reds are looking for a replacement for Emre Can in the middle with the German expected to join Juve when his contract expires this summer and have targeted Jack Wilshere, but while Wilshere could be a free transfer is he the best option?

The Merseyside outfit also have strong links with St Mary's, with the January deal for Virgil van Dijk the sixth player who has moved from Southampton to Anfield since 2014.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela (L) goes down from a tackle by Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (R), leading to the second penalty and goal by Tottenham...Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela (L) goes down from a tackle by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (R), leading to the second penalty and goal by Spurs.

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