Le Tissier names best player Saints sold to Liverpool

Matt Stead

Matt Le Tissier rates Adam Lallana as the best player Southampton have sold to Liverpool in recent seasons.

Liverpool have spent almost £100million on signing players from Southampton since summer 2014, with Lallana (£25m), Dejan Lovren (£20m) and Rickie Lambert (£4m) the first exports under Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds returned the following year to take right-back Nathaniel Clyne from St Mary’s for £10m, while Sadio Mane moved for £30m in July.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Le Tissier has given his verdict on each player to make the switch, describing Lallana as the player he was “most disappointed to see go”.

“He was always somebody who I loved going to watch and I think he’s turned out to be an excellent signing for Liverpool,” he said. “I’d imagine he’s one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s England team-sheet and one of the few players who came out of the European Championships with any credit.”

On Mane, the pundit said: “Mane seems to have shown more consistency at Liverpool, possibly because he’s surrounded by a lot of good attacking players, which obviously helps. I’m quite pleased he’s away for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night.”

“But I’d still rate Lallana as our best export to Liverpool, with Mane a close second.”