Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool are suffering a “rusty moment” after a 1-0 defeat at Southampton extended the safeguarding champions’ winless run in the Premier League to 3 video games.
Danny Ings’s stunning second-minute objective made three points which moved Southampton into 6th and resulted in Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl getting into tears of happiness on the last whistle.
Liverpool remain top of the table on objective distinction over Manchester United, however have now played a game more than the Red Devils, who they deal with in their next league video game at Anfield on January 17.
” That’s a rusty moment we have to confess,” stated Klopp, whose side last failed to win in 3 straight Premier League games back in May 2018.
” Only if you know the issue can you solve the issue, we are not blind. We have to battle and play through this.”
Liverpool lobbed: Danny Ings opened the scoring agianst his former club POOL/ Naomi Baker
A very first league defeat in 3 months might speed up Liverpool’s search for a centre-back in the January transfer window.
Without the hurt Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, Klopp began 2 of his first-choice midfielders from their title-winning project, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, together at the heart of his defence.
Southampton had actually not scored in their last three video games to temper their hopes of a push for European football, but took just two minutes to break the deadlock in design through previous Liverpool striker Ings.
Trent Alexander-Arnold did not handle James Ward-Prowse’s angled free-kick into package and Ings completely hooked his shot over Alisson Becker into the far corner.
” It’s not only the sluggish start, but the slow start made life massively hard tonight,” added Klopp.
Southampton had essential absentees themselves with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy missing due to a positive test for coronavirus, while Oriol Romeu, Jannik Vestergaard and Che Adams were out injured.
Southampton supervisor Ralph Hassenhuttl (centre) broke down in tears at full-time POOL/ Adam Davy
Fraser Forster was making his very first Saints look because Might 2019, however the former England worldwide was rarely tested to make his clean sheet.
The visitors could easily have found themselves 2-0 down before the break when Southampton replacement Nathan Tella was inches away from his first senior goal.
If Klopp’s men were too passive in the first-half, they began the second-half with the intensity they have actually made their hallmark in recent seasons as Southampton were pinned inside their own half.
Sadio Mane was the visitors’ biggest hazard on his go back to St Mary’s as Jack Stephens made a desperate obstacle to block his path to goal before Kyle Walker-Peters was fortunate to escape without yielding a charge for blocking another burst from the Senegalese into the box.
Thiago Alcantara was making simply his 2nd Liverpool start since a much-anticipated relocation from Bayern Munich, but even the Spaniard’s range of passing might not cut through Southampton’s figured out defence.
” I started thinking we can do it in the 92nd minute, not earlier,” stated Hasenhuttl. “They are so strong in front you always think something can take place.
” We had to have a perfect gameplan today and luck. Without luck versus such a team you can not win.”
Hair had Liverpool’s only shot on target 15 minutes from time when his tame effort was easily held by Forster low to his left.
Southampton could have sealed a substantial win moments later on when Alisson was captured well off his line by Yan Valery, whose shot lacked the power to beat Henderson in a race to the objective line.
Liverpool so frequently dug themselves out of problems with late goals in romping to the title last season, however have actually failed to do so over the joyful period, likewise dropping points versus having a hard time West Brom and Newcastle.
United and Manchester City now hold the edge in the title race as they can both move ahead of Liverpool must they win their video games in hand.