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Virgil van Dijk becomes the latest player to swap Southampton for Liverpool

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you will know that Liverpool and Southampton have reached an agreement for centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutchman will complete a switch to the Reds once the transfer window opens in the New Year, putting an end to a long-running transfer saga.

Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign Van Dijk back in the summer, but after failing to land him, Liverpool ended up apologising for their approaches, which Southampton deemed illegal.

However, Van Dijk isn't the first Saints player to head to Liverpool. Far from it in fact.

The defender’s £75million move from Southampton to Liverpool is the sixth transfer between the clubs in the last three and a half years.

Press Association Sport have taken a look at the Reds’ raids on St Mary’s and how they have fared at Anfield.

Rickie Lambert

The big striker was bought as a back-up to provide a Plan B, but he never suited then manager Brendan Rodgers’ system, and while his story of returning to a club which released him as a youngster was heart-warming, only three goals in 36 matches (most as a substitute) underlined the mistake.

Sold to West Brom in 2015 for £3m, the striker has recently retired.

Grade: D

Adam Lallana

Wigan Athletic v Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

The England international’s acrimonious departure from Saints did not help his settling-in process, and an injury in pre-season delayed his debut, but under Jurgen Klopp, he has shown the form that has made him one of the stand-out midfielders in the Premier League.

His current campaign has been blighted by injury, however.

Grade: B+

Dejan Lovren

The centre-back was brought in to provide some much-needed leadership following the retirement of stalwart Jamie Carragher, but the Croatia international initially struggled with the responsibility.

West Ham United v Liverpool - Premier League

His form at the start was patchy, but, although a gaffe never seems far away, he has improved markedly.

Grade: C-

Nathaniel Clyne

Arrived as first-choice right-back and produced consistent, if not spectacular, performances in his maiden season which took him into the England squad for Euro 2016.

Backed that up last season, but suffered a back injury in the summer and has yet to play this time around.

Grade: B-

Sadio Mane

Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League

The Senegal international proved to be money spent well as he enjoyed a fine start to life at Anfield, so much so that his departure to the African Cup of Nations was blamed for Liverpool’s January blip.

He ended the campaign with 13 Premier League goals in 27 appearances and has followed that up this season by becoming one of the feared ‘Fab Four’ – alongside Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah.

Grade: A

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