Claude Puel has made an impressive start as Southampton manager and this is because he has continued a rich tradition that was started by his illustrious predecessors Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino.
Just like they did, before every match the Frenchman makes an impassioned motivational speech in the changing room, where he reminds each and every one of his players that if they perform well enough, they can reach the pinnacle of football - the promised land for any Saints player. That with bravery and determination, they too can one day sign for Liverpool.
The Star reports that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants to make the defensive duo the next players to make the well-trodden route from St Mary’s to Anfield.
As is the tradition, Saints will be compensated handsomely for the transfer. An offer of £40m is predicted to be forthcoming in January, as Klopp seeks to solve his problem positions of centre-back and left-back.