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If there is one group of people worthy of your sympathies this summer, it is Southampton supporters.
Not content with losing their head coach to Tottenham Hotspur, they are now watching their team systematically being dismantled, with Anfield the main destination for departing stars.
Striker Rickie Lambert joined Liverpool before the World Cup, and midfielder Adam Lallana confirmed his move to Merseyside earlier this week, as Carl Markham reported for The Independent.
And now Southampton defender Dejan Lovren is the latest St Mary's Stadium name to be linked with Liverpool, claims Colin Harvey of the Daily Star.
According to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, the Saints have rejected a £20 million offer for the Croatia international.
If Lovren does eventually move to Liverpool, the spine of Southampton's team will have been removed, leaving Ronald Koeman with a major rebuilding job on his hands as he takes over from Mauricio Pochettino.
But while Brendan Rodgers plunders the south-coast club, is the bulk-buying of Southampton stars really sending the right message to Reds fans and the rest of the Premier League?
It cannot be argued that the Saints enjoyed a hugely successful season under Pochettino last term, with the team finishing a creditable eighth in the table.
That is some finish for a team which was in League One just three years ago, but is Southampton where Liverpool should be looking?
The Merseyside club will have spent more than £50 million on Saints players if the deal for Lovren goes through. That constitutes a decent return for Southampton, but it also represents a fair chunk of any monies recouped from the potential sale of Luis Suarez.
All three players are solid additions to a squad, and there is little doubt that Liverpool needed new blood in defence after the collapse of their title bid last season, notably at Crystal Palace.
But a block booking of Southampton players seems a little underwhelming for a club looking to build on the near-miss of last year.
The comparison with Tottenham last year will loom large for the Reds after the north London club failed to build on the world-record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer, their incoming signings failing to make a significant first-team impact.
Liverpool fans will, undoubtedly, remain behind Rodgers and the new signings, but a mediocre start to the season could see fingers pointing.
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These moves cannot be judged just yet. The two arrivals and the potential buy will be given time at Anfield, but any slip may see Rodgers under some early pressure.
After the disappointment of last season, Liverpool supporters will be seeking a big-name move to bolster their Premier and Champions League hopes before the transfer window closes.
Perhaps Rodgers has something up his sleeve to provide just that.