Ralph Hasenhuttl was pleased with new signing Moussa Djenepo’s contribution against Liverpool, after the winger was introduced as a late substitute during Southampton’s 2-1 defeat to the Reds on Saturday, via the club’s official website.
The Saints slumped to their second consecutive loss against Jurgen Klopp’s title challengers at St Mary’s but put in a much better performance than last week’s, where they were beaten 3-0 by Burnley away from home.
Goals from former player Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put the visitors two goals to the good, before Saints striker Danny Ings capitalised on some poor decision-making from Reds goalkeeper Adrian to claw one back for the hosts in the final 10 minutes.
The 27-year-old could have rescued a point for his side in the dying stages, however, after Yan Valery put in a magnificent ball from the right-hand side across the face of goal, which the ex-Liverpool front man simply had to just tap-in from close range. Unfortunately for Southampton, the ball had just a bit too much pace on it and Ings missed it completely, ensuring all three points went to Liverpool.
Despite still looking shaky at the back, Saints created plenty of chances going forward – registering a total of 14 shots at St Mary’s (via WhoScored) – with summer signing Che Adams guilty of passing up another good opportunity when he missed a close range header in the first-half.
Moussa Djenepo, the 21-year-old winger bought from Standard Liege for £14m, was introduced from the substitutes’ bench on the 77th minute and proved an instant threat on the left-hand side.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was left impressed by his new acquisition, and praised his performance after the match.
“Bringing Moussa on was an offensive substitution. We tried to bring him into the game and force 1v1 situations and he had a few good ones,” said the Austrian.
“One situation was the moment where we created a chance. It’s good for him to come in and to be able to show strength first time.”
Although Saints are still yet to register a point in the league this season, their performance against Liverpool was much more promising than the horror show at Turf Moor.
They still have a lot to work on defensively – having now shipped five goals in their previous two outings – though going forward they are creating plenty of chances which is the main thing.
Next weekend Southampton travel to Brighton, which is an absolutely crucial fixture, given some of their games after that. The visit of Manchester United and a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium awaits them before the arrival of October.
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