One player that has consistently been reliable for Southampton since moving up from their academy in 2011 is the club's current captain James Ward-Prowse. With Georginio Wijnaldum likely to depart at the end of this season, Liverpool will need to replace him and Ward-Prowse should be taken into consideration.
The England international joined Southampton's academy at just eight years-old and has been with the Saints ever since. He made his senior debut at the age of 16, becoming their most important player. Scoring 33 goals and making 317 appearances for the club, Ward-Prowse’s record resembles that of a seasoned veteran at just 26 years-old
The Portsmouth born midfielder continues to only get better for the Saints and has enjoyed probably his best spell with the club in recent years scoring 20 Premier League goals over the course of the last three seasons. He has been involved in a large percentage of Southampton’s Premier League games since their return in 2012, averaging 30 appearances a season and it is no surprise why the English man captains the side.
Ward-Prowse has been previously linked with Liverpool in the past but nothing has ever progressed past being just rumour. It looks like the midfielder has committed his permanent future to Southampton, signing a five year contract in August of 2020.
With bags of Premier League experience and with his defensive qualities and an eye for goal, the Southampton skipper is definitely a player that should be on Jurgen Klopp’s list of possible replacements, should Wijnaldum leave at the end of the season. An unlikely target, but definitely one that suits the current Liverpool style.