Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier has told national press that he believes the trio of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert are finding things tough at Liverpool, after their summer moves away to Anfield.
The trio played pivotal roles in helping Southampton to their best ever points total in the Premier League and guided Saints to an eighth placed finish last season.
But the summer window saw the trio depart to Anfield, as well as young England wing backs Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers to Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, not to mention manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham, and Saints moved quickly to replace him with Dutch legend Ronald Koeman.
However, Saints lie second in the table having lost just once this season, away at Liverpool, with the trios replacements all doing well, with Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadić in particular becoming key members of the Saints team, having moved from Holland from Feyenoord and FC Twente respectively, both of whom key targets for Koeman when he took the job, having managed Feyenoord himself last season.
And Saints' famous old number seven has told the Daily Star he believes the players that have left have found things much harder away from St Mary's, with the Liverpool trio in particular getting a lot of criticism from pundits and fans alike.
Matt Le Tissier quote:
Le Tissier said: "Rickie has been used as a bit-part player. Adam has been injured and has not hit the ground-running, and although Dejan has played most of the games, he hasn't played that good for them.
"With Luke Shaw having a tough start too at Manchester United, it's not been particularly great for the boys that have left."
St Mary's return...
£50m was handed to Southampton from the departure of the three former St Mary's favourites; however it must be said only Lambert still has the affection of the Southampton faithful, with Lovren in particular suffering a lot of venom during the opening day fixture against Saints at Anfield.
Lallana was injured for the season opener, but with a return to St Mary's with Liverpool next year in February, he shouldn't expect a heroes welcome back to the club he played at for 12 years, with many fans believing that he acted disgracefully in order to get his move away.