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Red Bull Salzburg Are The New Southampton !
Friday, 20th Dec 2019 10:26

The Hills are alive in Salzburg, this time not with the sound of music, but the sound of Liverpool's scouting system as they again sign a player with RB Salzburg connections.

You could forgive the Austrian side for feeling a bit miffed as Liverpool announced they had completed the signing of Takumi Minamino from them almost two weeks before the transfer window opens, meaning that they are resigned to losing the player and perhaps a little upset that he goes for only £7.25 million due to a clause in his contract, for a player worth much much more than that.

But RB Salzburg chose to make light of the departure and poked fun at Liverpool with a tweet picturing Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, both ex players of their's and Takumi Minamino on a time line with the caption " Anfield Goes Salzburg" and the message Hey Liverpool who's next ?

In truth they don't have much to moan at in that both Mane & Keita did not go directly to Anfield from RB Salzburg but spent two years elsewhere in between, Mane at Saints and Keita at RB Leipzig.

So Minamino is the first player to go directly from the home of the Von Trapp family, but RB Salzburg can see a pattern emerging and probably wish that they hadn't put up the tweet as they had loads of replies suggesting that they are now the new Southampton.

Some were witty I did especially like the one that said;

"Mané and Minamino ➡️ Red Bull gives you wingers."

Others were a little more patronising and some a little more arrogant.

In truth though Minamino is the only one to go directly so Red Bull Salzburg are hardly being systematically pillaged by Liverpool as Saints were for a few years.

Perhaps we ourselves should be looking at RB Salburg a little more closely and seeing who else they have and kick stat our little sideline of buting players cheaply and making a huge profit from Liverpool, some see this being a selling club, but the reality is that the sides outside of the big six who thrive do so because they do just this and keep on repeating the process, our recent demise has not been because we have sold the likes of Van Dijk, but because we have failed to replace him with an up and coming quality talent and keep repeating the process.

The message to Liverpool though should be clear, stop cutting out the middle man as you have done with Minamino.

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TripleNiemi added 10:42 - Dec 20
A pertinent question now surely is why are Klopp and LFC not coming in for any of our lot?

Saint4Life247 added 12:40 - Dec 20
Can't stand Liverpool and their fans. Never have. Always the victims. The comments/banter from their fans that I've seen with regards to taking our players and others are just so disrespectful. If we only beat one more team this season then I hope its them

bstokesaint added 12:49 - Dec 20
And another question. If we were scouting RB Salzburg for the likes of Mane why are we not spending the VVD money on the likes of quality defenders?

dirk_doone added 15:41 - Dec 20
A pertinent question now surely is why are Klopp and LFC not coming in for any of our lot?

Answer: Paul Mitchell left and is now in charge of recruitment for Red Bull

ChristchurchSaint added 16:52 - Dec 20
Wrong one DD- he is at RB Leipzig , not RB Salzburg!

TripleNiemi added 16:56 - Dec 20

But when Paul Mitchell departed surely we seemlessly replaced him as the 'Southampton Way' meant we had replacements lined up and ready to go? Was that not what we were told.....we always knew who our next managers and staff etc. would be well in advance?

Remember when we were studying stuff like what matresses our softies would have to sleep in on the road so we could replicate it at the training ground etc?!?

1970 added 17:07 - Dec 20
The only resemblance to Salzburg are we sell players to sh**epool end of , they have good recruitment and scouting, play champions league/Europa league football every season and they win football matches especially at home, we don't have any of those luxuries.

dirk_doone added 19:37 - Dec 20

Paul Mitchell is in charge of recruitment for all of the Red Bull clubs, including Salzburg and Leipzig. His official title is Technical Director of Red Bull International Soccer.

dirk_doone added 19:41 - Dec 20
RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg are top of their leagues in Germany and Austria.

bstokesaint added 20:28 - Dec 20
Didn’t realise that DD. Thanks for sharing. Just been reading up on the RB initiative.

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