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Ralph Hasenhuttl will share a similar annoyance with Liverpool to Southampton fans

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Ralph Hasenhuttl will share a similar annoyance with Liverpool to Southampton fans

Like Southampton, the Austrian has had to battle Liverpool to keep his players over the years.

Over the years Southampton have built a fairly strong dislike for Liverpool. The reason why is simple. They keep ‘stealing’ their players. Over the years, Southampton have had to watch Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk all make the switch to Anfield.

It has certainly become something of a running joke in football fields, with Southampton suggested as Liverpool’s feeder club.

This week it has been all change at Southampton. Mark Hughes was given the boot and Ralph Hasenhuttl is set to be unveiled as their new boss. 

Liverpool’s Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (L) celebrates with his teammates Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk (C) and Liverpool’s English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) after scoring the 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Losing key players to Liverpool is something he can sympathise with. Naby Keita was his star player at former club RB Leipzig. Keeping him from Liverpool’s clutches became a constant battle. In the end, Leipzig did sell Keita for a fee in the region of £52.75 million in the summer. It was believed to be one of the many reasons that led to Hasenhuttl and Leipzig amicably parting company.

 

Hasenhuttl has also had to watch as Liverpool eyed a £20 million move for Emil Forsberg, according to The Mirror, and a long-term link with his striker Timo Werner.

He will hope to turn around the fortunes of Southampton this season and get them back to playing exciting football and pushing up the table.

The Austrian will then hope he is not ransacked by Liverpool yet again.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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