Press conference round-up: Hasenhüttl pre-Liverpool

By SFC Media Thu 15 Aug Saints v Liverpool
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Find out what Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl had to say to the media in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League home game against Liverpool...

On his team's reaction to losing at Burnley...

"We had an intense week, a busy week. I think everybody knows we can do it much better than we did after 60 minutes in Burnley. Until that moment, it was a similar game to the season before, where it was tight and with chances for both sides, and we scored then.

"This time, the opponent scored, and this time we didn’t do what we were supposed to do. We were very critical of ourselves and will try to show we can do it much better, and I am sure we will show a reaction."

On the response in training this week...

"I think they saw that to win a game in the Premier League it’s important that if you make mistakes you try to help each other.

"After the first goal it’s not finished, but then we gave it away, and the second and third goals killed the game. It’s important to keep the game alive in those situations and give yourself a chance to come back. It's not easy, but there is the chance if we stay focused and play like the first 60 minutes, but we didn’t. It was two easy mistakes and then this game was gone.

"We tried to push the game away in the beginning of the week, we cancelled the day off on Monday, and analysed and worked in our minds, so that we could focus from Tuesday on the new games ahead. That’s the reason I don’t want to speak too much on the old one, and rather focus on the new one where the challenge is big enough. We need all the energy we have for this game."

Ralph Hasenhüttl speaks with the media at Staplewood on Thursday (Photo: Matt Watson)

On the players brought in during the transfer window...

"I think the options we have, we made the most out of it. We know that it is not so easy for us to get players in, that are possible for us to buy and help us immediately.

"We try to bring young players in who have good talent and we want to work with them hard, so they get better and better. That takes time and doesn't happen in one day, but after a few times working with us you can see a development in a good way and this is the way we want to go.

"We try to sell players and with this money try to get players. As you see, the prices are rising in the Premier League, but we are happy with the players we have got, who we know fit perfectly to our philosophy and shape. Now it's up to us to make them better and for them to adapt to our game. Ché Adams has the advantage that he could work six weeks with us. The other guys will take a bit longer, but that is nothing surprising.

i expect the best possible liverpool team you can imagine and that is who we are preparing for.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

On the prospect of further outgoings...

"There are still a lot of possibilities for the players. Most of them maybe on loan, but I think the best thing for the players and us would be something permanent, because that helps both sides more. There is still a way to go in European transfer period and let’s look at what happens.

"As always the most important thing is the best for us and the players, and if we find the package for three sides – also the club who wants to have the players –  the best transfer can happen, and otherwise they stay."

On Liverpool going to extra-time in the Super Cup on Wednesday...

"I heard the message from Jürgen [Klopp] that he thought we would celebrate they played 120 minutes. I was happy they were playing longer, but mostly because it means I have more pictures to show my players.

"Liverpool played last season 13 times during the week and at the weekend they won 11 and drew two. This team has so much quality and Jürgen tries to put maybe a little bit of excuse in the fitness from his players, but I think he doesn’t have to as they have so much quality. 120 minutes on the Wednesday, and they can still come here and make a good game.

"But it doesn’t really interest me, because we want to show a reaction. My players really like to show up and show that we can be a more difficult to play than we were last week, and this is the plan we have.

"I expect the best possible Liverpool team you can imagine and that is who we are preparing for."

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