James Ward-Prowse has been putting in some fine displays for Southampton of late.
Ralph Hassenhuttl has turned things around considerably at St Mary’s. After a miserable start to the campaign, the Saints are now looking on course for a top-half finish rather than a relegation battle.
English midfielder Ward-Prowse has been key to that rise in performance level.
Ward-Prowse has played 90 minutes in every Premier League fixture this season. It’s quite a remarkable feat, especially given the rigours of modern-day football and the busy Christmas schedule.
Indeed, his form has won the praise of Hassenhuttl, with the Saints manager praising his midfield star. However, with that form and consistency will come the inevitable interest.
Liverpool, then, are one club who might be keen on Ward-Prowse.
History bodes well for the Reds
It’s no secret in football that Liverpool don’t mind making their move on Southampton for players.
We’ve seen it countless times in recent years. Adam Lallana, Ricky Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Virgil van Dijk, have all made the jump to Anfield.
Most of those players have had success under Jurgen Klopp, too. Lambert is probably the exception to the rule but he was more of a fairytale story.
While Liverpool are going to win the league comfortably, their midfield three – on paper – isn’t the most talented.
Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, and Fabinho have been superb. James Milner has also stepped in when needed while Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita have contributed.
However, Henderson is nearly 30, while Milner is now 34. Add that to the fact Keita has struggled in the main since arriving in England and Oxlade-Chamberlain has his injury issues and there appears to be a gap.
Ward-Prowse is just 25. He should enter his best years in the next few seasons. Furthermore, he’s something of a dead ball specialist.
He’s already scored four times this term, one a free-kick and one a penalty. He’s also laid on two assists, again, from set-piece situations.
At a time when it’s hard to see how Liverpool might improve, the potential signing of James Ward-Prowse would give them something of a boost.