View from Milton Road: Southampton FC vs Liverpool

It was great to be invited onto Red Card Sports Radio on Monday to chat about the Southampton vs. Liverpool game. Big thanks to Andy Whitelaw and Ahamad Khan for having me on.

I have to say that even though the result didn’t go our way, there were a lot of heartening things to take from the game:

Victor Wanyama Southampton vs. Liverpool

  • Victor Wanyama: after a stuttering season last year, many Southampton fans were looking at Wanyama slightly askew. I mean, was this the guy that bossed the midfield for Celtic against Barcelona the same man who looked like he was trying to figure out the basics of the game against Fulham at Craven Cottage last season?

    Fortunately, Big Vic was bang on form for the first game of the season, where he formed an effective partnership with Morgan Schneiderlin in front of the back four, breaking up attacks and playing simple balls to Morgan for distribution.

    A few fans are up in arms that Cork has been relegated to the bench, but this is actually a reflection of the strength of our midfield signings that a player like Cork, who could arguably figure in a number of Premier League starting XI’s, cannot get into the starting lineup.

    His dad might not be happy, but Jack is still an important part of the squad, and is only being kept out due to the exceptional form of Big Vic.

  • Dusan Tadic: it was a good start for Tadic, who looked composed on the ball, and provided plenty of attacking threat. He drifted across the park effortlessly, working effectively with Bertrand, and Clyne, who he set the goal up for with this cheeky little bit of skill (bonus points for making Lovren look silly).

    dusan tadic southampton liverpool gif
    For somebody that Ronald Koeman admits is still getting used to the pace of the English game, it was a promising debut for the Serbian, and one that we hope he’ll build on.

Yes, we lost the game, and that’s never a good thing, but it was still an impressive display from Southampton, who were undone by an excellent piece of okay by Jordan Henderson, and a poacher’s goal from Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool at times looked very pedestrian, but I with the pace of Sterling and the footballing brains of Sturridge, they’re always going to be a threat, regardless of how well they’re playing. That, unfortunately, is the mark of a top team, and Southampton are not quite there yet.

 

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