Southampton manager Ralph Hasehuttl has taken full responsibility for his side’s defeat away at Liverpool, admitting that he send his team out onto the field with a poor plan that simply did not work.
Saints were looking to prevent Jurgen Klopp’s side from scoring early, swapping the 4-2-2-2 shape to a 5-2-3 – but after Diogo Jota found the net after just 75 seconds, it was clear that the plan was not going to work.
Hasenhuttl reverted his shape back to his preferred system at half-time but, he admits, by then it was too late.
He continued: “We had no chance in the first half with the way we played. We tried to defend like we did against Chelsea but it just didn’t work.
“We could not stop them, this is why we changed it at half time but the games was gone by then. During the second half, you could see that it was more stable and we gave them fewer chances, that’s our normal shape.
“Should I have started like this? I don’t know, it’s hard against a team on fire,” he said.
“We tried something during the week but Ibrahima Diallo could not play. He has twisted his ankle, he did it yesterday in training.
“We wanted to surprise them but we surprised ourselves, this is never good.”
He added: “This is my mistake, absolutely. I sent them out with a not-good plan and it did not work.
“Congrats to Liverpool. It was a very, very good game from them.”
Saints now have just three days to prepare for their next Premier League game, the visit of Leicester City,
“We’ll have a look. We’ve invested a lot this week to prepare for this game but it’s now a bad week, were struggling with things we did not plan to,” he said.
“We have a few days to prepare now and we have to show a different performance. We know we can play better, they were just a team on fire.”