Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl breaks down in tears after Liverpool win
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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl failed to keep his emotions in check as his side earned a memorable 1-0 win over Liverpool at St Mary’s. Going into the game, the Austrian had failed to pick up a single point against the champions, with Jurgen Klopp’s men winning all of their previous encounters.
But that changed in dramatic fashion on Monday Night Football as the Saints stunned Liverpool to move just four points behind them in the table.
While much of the nation had their eye on the Prime Minister’s announcement, the hosts got off to a fast start, unlocking the Reds defence after just two minutes.
A well designed James Ward Prowse free-kick found Danny Ings in the penalty area, who expertly lobbed Alisson to open the scoring against his former team.
It wasn’t a case of parking the bus for Hasenhuttl’s side either as they took the game to the visitors in an impressive opening 45 minute display.
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The hosts did retreat in the second half, allowing Liverpool to have all of the ball, but were rarely troubled after a vintage defensive display.
In fact, Klopp’s side managed just one shot on target, as their winless run extended to three games.
There was late drama when keeper Alisson went up for a number of stoppage time corners, but the Saints weren’t to be denied, sparking emotional scenes of celebration on the touchline.
As soon as the full-time whistle was blown the Southampton manager fell to his knees and openly sobbed on the St Mary’s turf, such was the enormity of their achievement.
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But while it was scenes of jubilation for the Saints, Klopp was left with more headaches as they handed the initiative to the two Manchester clubs in the race for the Premier League title.
After drawing twice over the festive period, they will have been desperate to bounce straight back to winning ways, but failed to do so on a miserable evening.
The slip-up means both United and City can leapfrog Liverpool at the top of the table, should they win their games in hand.
And Carragher believes it could be time to get concerned about their lack of attacking output, with just three goals in their last three outings.
He told Sky Sports: “The chances created, they never looked like scoring. Even tonight again. We talk about the keeper coming in. Did he make a good save? Did he make a big save? Did anyone miss a real chance?
“That is a really big worry for Liverpool at this moment in terms of what they’re creating away from home. It’s nowhere near enough.
“One thing I want to add in is when a top team – and Liverpool the past couple of seasons have scored a lot of late goals – it’s almost like they’ve forgotten to play that last seven or eight minutes when they need something.
“You’d expect the last seven or eight minutes to hang it on Southampton.
“Listen this Liverpool team has been amazing and it still is amazing but it’s going through one of the first real rough patches in the last two or three seasons.”
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