Liverpool knew after such a disappointing draw on Sunday they needed a strong performance at St. Mary’s. As expected Jurgen Klopp returned with a more experienced, established team where he made eight changes from the weekend
It wasn’t the result we all had expected. In fact none of the game was as we expected. No width up front, sadly missing Sadio Mane or even an alternative to him. Such an odd game that Loris Karius was in fact our man of the match!!
Jurgen Klopp’s comments
“We needed Loris Karius to save our lives two or three times.
“The best thing for us is the result. We know that we can play better at Anfield – nothing is decided.
“We cannot be happy with the performance, Southampton cannot be happy with the result. It could and should have been 2-0, 3-0.”
Klopp will have noted plenty from what was arguably his side’s worst display of the season. Liverpool so desperately need Henderson and Matip to return from injury as soon as possible.
The past few games Henderson’s stock has risen, his boo boys on twitter have been very quiet recently. It’s now people are realising how important he is still recycling the ball, converting any defensive action into attack.
Can was sluggish, Lucas wasn’t any better. Should we have a ready made replacement first Henderson? Most top European clubs have options. Do we?
“After the goal we conceded the reaction was not good. We lost timing, we were not compact enough, everything changed and that reaction was not good.”
“Maybe it is easy to explain – we made wrong decisions – but it is a cup game and especially in an away cup game you concede a goal and it is tough.”
“They had the biggest chances because we were not compact enough in situations and Loris Karius had to save our life, a deserved win for Southampton but it is only half time.”
The worst thing we can do is reflect upon this result for too long. We need to learn and move on. Whilst this sounds obvious, we’ve seen too many games in the past were nothing hasn’t been fined from from making those mistakes.
Let’s hope the mistakes are out of the system and with the addition players back we have a better game against Man Utd.
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