Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Liverpool should set up a scouting department at Southampton in order to continue purchasing players from the club.
Southampton have been a good hunting ground where Liverpool have signed several players.
The likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and the world’s most expensive defender at £75m Virgil Van Dijk have all left Southampton for the Merseyside club in recent seasons.
Commenting on Van Dijk’s return to St Mary’s where Liverpool will face Southampton this weekend, Klopp said during Friday’s pre-match press conference: “It might not be the most friendly. But it’s not something we really think about. No-one at Southampton will say we have stolen him, it was a very public deal.
“There have been a lot of good players from that area (Southampton). Maybe we should have our scouting department down there.”
Klopp admitted he expects a difficult game against Southampton for Liverpool.
“It won’t be a friendly game, they fight for everything, we fight for everything. They will want to show their quality but we have our own targets. They are a football playing side.”
On reports linking Emre Can to Juventus, Klopp said: “He hasn’t come into my office and said so (that’s he’s joining Juventus).
“Nothing new about that. Still everything is possible. No decision made so far.”
And on the availability of Lallana for first team selection and his sending off during a reserve game, Klopp added: “He is an option for the squad, maybe not the first XI. He looks fresh and good but we need to settle a bit and use Adam as there are about 18-19 games to go.
“It’s not nice. I spoke to him, it’s not how it should be. He wasn’t happy about the reaction and I wasn’t either. He’s an option for the squad (on Sunday).”
“When we played football, we all did a few things we weren’t proud of.”