Date: 12th February 2018 at 8:43am
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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has said Liverpool’s goal in the sixth minute of the game was a setback we couldn’t recover from.

Hosting Jurgen Klopp’s side at St Mary’s Stadium for the day that saw Virgil van Dijk’s return after all his shenanigans, Roberto Firmino’s sixth minute goal put us on the back foot before Mohamed Salah doubled their advantage.

Although we edged possession, and had the same number of chances on target as they did, we didn’t do enough with them and they created over double the total chances than we did and a disappointing season got worse as we slipped into the bottom three.

Speaking to saintsfc as he met with the press following the game, a frustrated and disappointed manager explained.

‘It was a pity to concede so early after a mistake like this. You have to be perfect against teams like Liverpool; we reacted well, playing our best football of the afternoon following the goal and had a couple of clear chances to score. After the second goal, it was very difficult for us to bounce back and come out again stronger for the second half.’

With Guido Carrillo and James Ward-Prowse both wasting great chances whilst the score was one nil, Pellegrino knew that had either of those gone in the day could’ve been better for us.

‘We have lost against an excellent team but our character after the break needed to be different. It`s disappointing because this was a very important game coming at the end of a period of six or seven weeks in which we`ve been improving.’

He added.

‘The most important thing is to react on the pitch and not focus on where we are in the table or anything off the field. We have to think one game at a time and keep going. We have to be strong in character, show our spirit and be patient in our approach.’

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