Jurgen Klopp has joked that Liverpool should station their scouting department in Southampton.
The Reds have done plenty of business with Saints over the years, with the latest example coming last month with Virgil van Dijk’s club-record move.
Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane all previously made that move, and Klopp said the club should contemplate moving their scouts down south in the future.
“There have been a lot of good players from that area. Maybe we should have our scouting department down there,” said the German.
Liverpool face Southampton on Sunday and Klopp is more than aware of the situation between the two sides.
“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. In 2018 the results are more than okay. They’re a good team, to be honest, I don’t get why they are in the region of the table they are.”
On Van Dijk, Klopp added: “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.”