Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted that it was an ideal situation for Liverpool to play for 120 minutes in mid-week.The Reds won the UEF
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted that it was an ideal situation for Liverpool to play for 120 minutes in mid-week.
The Reds won the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea, but had to wait until a penalty shootout to secure victory.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thought Southampton would be happy to see them play for so long in the hope of fatigue setting in when Liverpool visit St Mary’s this weekend.
But, Hasenhuttl revealed he was more pleased because it provided more footage to analyse with his players ahead of their Premier League match on Saturday (3pm).
“I heard the message from Jurgen that he thought we’d celebrate,” said the Saints boss.
“I was happy that they were playing longer, but this is because I have more pictures to show my players.”
Hasenhuttl doesn’t expect fatigue to be a problem for Liverpool, as they still maintained a very good record after Champions League matches last season despite the lack of recovery time in between.
He added: “Last year Liverpool played 13 times in the week, and in the 13 times they played, at the weekend they won 11.
“This team has so much quality, but Jurgen puts in a little bit of excuse for his players fitness.
“But they have such quality it is not a problem for them to come here and make a quality game.
“In modern football, and with these big teams, they get used to it.
“We’re at the beginning of the season and they won’t be tired.
“We are preparing for the best possible Liverpool team.”
The Southampton manager added that he won’t be focussing on Liverpool or their Super Cup situation.
Instead, he’ll be looking for his players to show a reaction after a poor showing last weekend.
The Saints lost their opening Premier League match of the season 3-0 against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Southampton fans will be hoping that their team won’t be dragged into another relegation battle this season, after a promising end to last season under Hasenhuttl.