Many Southampton supporters have been reacting to comments made by former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown, who suggested that Liverpool should move for Jannik Vestergaard.

The Denmark international has been a revelation at St Mary’s so far this season, with the powerful defender demonstrating his quality by winning 4.2 aerial duels per game and average 4.5 clearances and 1.4 tackles per match as well (Sofascore).

Vestergaard’s impact is not just reserved for the Saints’ penalty area – he has also been a threat from set-pieces, averaging 1.2 shots per game and scoring three times in his 13 Premier League appearances (Sofascore). Combined with his excellent distribution and ability to switch the play, that has made him a pivotal member of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

The centre-back is currently out of action with a knee injury and the Saints have been missing his presence at the heart of their defence, although Jack Stephens has helped minimise that blow with some strong performances of his own.

Speaking recently to talkSPORT, Keown has suggested that Vestergaard would be an ideal candidate to help resolve Liverpool’s defensive issues in the absence of their own commanding centre-back in Virgil van Dijk – one of numerous players plundered from St Mary’s by the Anfield club in recent years.

The ex-Arsenal man said: ”I’m not trying to cause a problem for Southampton, and I thought that maybe that would be a player that Jurgen Klopp would go after. He has been brilliant this season. He is injured at the moment.”

Saints fans unhappy with Keown’s comments on Vestergaard

Many Southampton fans were frustrated that the Denmark international is being touted to move away from the club as soon as he starts to perform at a high level, but some remained confident that they will hang on to the defender and that he would not be tempted by a potential move to Liverpool.

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