SOUTHAMPTON legend Mick Channon accused Liverpool of ripping the center out of his beloved membership.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s newest raid on St Mary’s noticed the seize of Virgil van Dijk for a world-record £75million payment for a defender.
The Dutchman follows Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and the retired Rickie Lambert — who have been all poached from Southampton by the Reds.
And Channon is sick to the again enamel of Saints stars being snapped up by the Merseysiders.
And with Manchester Metropolis eyeing a transfer for full-back Ryan Bertrand subsequent month, Channon fumed: “What number of gamers do they need?
“It’s miserable for the followers paying good cash that each switch window one membership can come and cherry-pick your greatest gamers. Liverpool have ripped the center out of Southampton. Golf equipment like Southampton don’t have any probability. What’s extra irritating is numerous the gamers are signed however are seen as not more than squad gamers.”
Southampton are on the slide and Channon fears for the south coast membership’s five-year keep within the Premier League, regardless of the Van Dijk windfall.
Channon, who received 46 England caps, added: “I’m disenchanted to see a superb participant go away Southampton however I perceive because it’s nice enterprise on their half. However you may solely survive for thus lengthy by promoting your greatest gamers.
“I’ve feared for Southampton for some time and I accomplish that much more now. They’re already in a relegation struggle.”
Saints nice Channon put the boot in once more on Liverpool by claiming Manchester Metropolis stay streets forward regardless of the Reds’ outlay of £170m.
Channon added: “Liverpool would possibly shut the hole, however even with Virgil they received’t be adequate. Man Metropolis look able to dominate for a very long time.
“Klopp would possibly organise their defence extra however they may nonetheless concede targets. It’s about defending as a unit. And so they don’t.
“Additionally they want a brand new keeper and extra defenders. Virgil is an excellent participant however the payment paid smacks of desperation.
“Name me quaint however strikers win you leagues — not defenders. And so they have paid means over the chances to signal one.”