Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhuettl shed tears of pleasure and collapsed to his knees on the remaining whistle after an early Danny Ings strike secured the Saints a shock 1-0 Premier League win over champions Liverpool on Monday.
The Austrian’s emotional celebrations might need led some followers to suppose that Southampton had simply secured the Premier League title.
But as wins over Liverpool are a uncommon incidence for the Saints, with the final one coming within the league virtually 5 years in the past, it was an event to savour for Hasenhuettl who took cost of the south-coast membership in 2018.
“There were tears in my eyes – because of the wind!”, Hasenhuettl jokingly advised BBC Sport.
“When you see our guys fighting with everything they have, it makes me really proud. You need to have the perfect game against Liverpool and I think we did have that.”
Hasenhuettl’s crew had been compelled to defend for lengthy durations within the second half, and he admitted that it was deep into stoppage time earlier than he felt that his aspect might get a end result.
“It felt like we were under massive pressure and the defending around the box was the key today – then still try and play football. We did it in a good way,” he stated.
In distinction, his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was left extraordinarily pissed off after his attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane failed to search out the online regardless of dominating possession within the second half.
“What was disappointing? How long have we got?” he advised the BBC. “The start, obviously, not only the goal but the start in general. Congratulations to Southampton, they deserved it.”
The 53-year-old German stated that his aspect knew what to anticipate from Southampton however had been caught out within the opening exchanges and located themselves unable to get well.
“At the beginning, how we played, where we lost the balls – it’s not rocket science. We should have done much better. We played into their hands with the start,” he stated.
“These are outstanding players, but they were not ready from the start.”