Hasenhüttl rues missed chances

By SFC Media Sat 17 Aug Saints v Liverpool
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Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl was left to rue an afternoon of missed opportunity following Southampton's narrow defeat to Liverpool at St Mary's.

The European champions, who were on Super Cup duty midweek against Chelsea, were far from their best, with Saints having multiple chances to affect the scoreline, in both halves.

Hasenhüttl, largely complimentary of his side's display, was only critical about Saints' lack of goals, having created plenty of scoring opportunities and tested Adrián more than once throughout the 90 minutes.

"We had a lot of chances and didn't score, which is the only thing that wasn't good," the Austrian reflected.

"Otherwise we played 45 really good minutes. In the end, you see the difference from a player that can score in that way. Not a lot of players can do that.

"It was not easy, but we still believe in what we are doing. The second goal we tried to avoid all game, but then finally they got it. They don't need a lot of chances to score.

"We came back in the game to 1-2, and [Danny] Ings could have been the hero today if he scores that second goal. In the moment, there are just a few things missing.

"We were the better team in the first half, very aggressive. That's the reason why I feel positive overall because chances are hard to get against Liverpool. We weren't sitting deep; we showed that we can come close."

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