Southampton could be set for a significant financial windfall after Liverpool were crowned 2019/20 Premier League champions.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Liverpool could have to shell out as much as £3m to Saints because of clauses inserted in the contracts of players.
It is well documented that many former Saints players have made the switch to Anfield in the past and it appears that these moves may still be providing funds at St Mary’s.
Those who have moved from the South Coast to the North West in the past and have been involved for Liverpool this season are Virgil van Dijk, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Sadio Mane.
Saints may well have had other clauses inserted in their contracts with the Reds too, although this information is unavailable.
The combined fees that Saints brought in after selling van Dijk, Lallana, Lovren and Mane netted them around £162m, but these are not the only players transferred between both clubs.
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Former Saints hero Rickie Lambert also made the switch back in 2014 after Liverpool bought him in for around £4m, whilst a transfer the other way more recently saw Danny Ings arrive at St Mary’s to rebuild his career.
Not all of Liverpool’s purchases from the South Coast have worked out.
Lambert did not make an impact at Anfield, whilst Lovren continues to look out of his depth in Jurgen Klopp’s team. Lallana looks set to leave this summer on a free transfer after a decent contribution over the past six years.
Van Dijk and Mane have been two key additions in making Liverpool a powerhouse in domestic and European competitions.
In many ways though, Ings’ move to Saints from the Reds has been an equally impressive success story.
Saints had to fork out around £20m to sign him permanently after an initial loan spell, but a return to fitness and form for the 27-year-old has seen him become their main man and find the net no less than 19 goals in all competitions this season.