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8 May 2017

Legend raves: Liverpool should sign 'excellent' €23m Barca reject who destroyed 'Coutinho and Firmino'

Earlier this season, Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann urged the Reds to consider signing Southampton star Oriol Romeu, and the German is not the only ex-Red who wants the club to sign Romeu this summer.

In March, Hamann mused:

"He [Romeu] is the type of player Man City and Liverpool could do with".

When asked on Sunday about Liverpool's potential transfer targets for upcoming window, Thompson told Sky Sports:

"Romeu has had an excellent season. He's a destroyer, with a great attitude, and passes the ball well. He'd offer us something we don't have at the moment".

Southampton have kept FOUR clean sheets against Liverpool this season (two at Anfield), and Romeu has been a key part of the Saints' superb defensive organisation in those games. After beating Liverpool 1-0 in November, Romeu offered the following verdict on Klopp's team:

“Liverpool are a very strong team offensively. They put a lot of quality players between the lines. Coutinho and Firmino need to be pressed. They can’t be allowed to feel comfortable so you have to be aggressive and put your foot in".

Liverpool are desperately need a tenacious ball-winner in the center of the field, but is Romeu the answer? Yes, he's a good Premier League player, but with very few exceptions, consistently signing players from mid-table clubs is not a successful strategy.

To be fair, though, keeping Coutinho and Firmino at bay for four games is an admirable achievement, and Romeu is (arguably) superior to both Henderson and Can in the defensive midfielder role.

In my view, Romeu - who bombed out of Barcelona in 2011 - will improve Liverpool's squad (he's a viable replacement for Lucas), but Klopp's main focus this summer should be the recruitment of at least three proven, top quality players, who are capable of having a Sadio Mane-type impact in their respective positions.

€23m-rated Romeu signed a new 4.5 year contract in January, so a summer move is probably unlikely, but as history shows, never say never when it comes to Southampton's players.

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