Ralph Hasenhüttl was left frustrated as his Southampton side succumbed to a second-half comeback from title-chasing Liverpool in the Premier League at St Mary’s.
Shane Long’s early strike had lit the blue touch paper for a special night when he finished at close range following Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s flick on from Ryan Bertrand’s cross.
But Naby Keita levelled things before the break and late strikes from Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson sealed three points for the visitors.
“After the 1-0 so early, it’s a very long way to go until the end and it was clear that it was not easy to take a point against this team,” Hasenhüttl reflected.
“The first goal was offside, which is a pity as otherwise maybe you can into the break 1-0 up. We had a big chance for a second goal and I think against such a team you must score this goal.
“Then it’s a long way back for Liverpool and you have a chance to take something but finally, yeah, the second goal we gave away too easily. They didn’t have so many chances in the second-half, it was not so much the fact they were having chance after chance.
“They were dominating us for sure and we were defending very deep but that was the plan and I think we did it. But finally, we didn’t get any points which is frustrating.”
Saints started both halves with real intensity, bravely taking the game to Jürgen Klopp’s men – something which Hasenhüttl was pleased with, despite the result.
“I think it was important they believed in what they’re doing. They showed we had a very good game plan and the guys found very good game management, a good balance of finding the decisions to play or not take a risk.
“They had nearly no chance to win balls early against us. It was a good start but it was not enough.”