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Ronald Koeman believes that Southampton will feel confident after loss to Liverpool
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 19 August 2014 03:21
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman and many bookmakers believe that his squad will be very confident after their performance against Liverpool, even though pay per head sportsbooks saw that on Sunday they lost at Anfield 2-1.
Bookmakers saw that Daniel Sturridge hit home with 11 minutes, sealing a win for the Reds as both teams opened their campaigns for the Premier League.
However, price per head and bookmakers UK services learned that Koeman was pleased with the way that Southampton performed – especially after the break – as he saw his side weakened after quite a few of his players were sold during the close-season, especially a very talented trio who moved to Anfield.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Raheem Sterling’s effort in the first half was cancelled out by Nathaniel Clyne for the visitors, and later in the game, Sturridge’s goal ended Southampton’s chances to get ahead, to the disappointment of many fans and bookmakers.
But Koeman was in good spirits after the game, urging his men to have confidence.
“I think we played a great, impressive second half,” said the manager.
“After the [Clyne goal to make it] 1-1, I think there was one team on the pitch playing and that was Southampton.
“We did everything well, minus to score the second one. We create two great possibilities, opportunities, but the quality of Liverpool – they don’t need a lot of opportunities to score two goals and that made the difference.
“The way how we played, I think that brings us a lot of confidence. And if we play like [that], the points will come.
“We have to believe in our qualities. That was one of the messages that we gave the boys before the match.
“If we play like that, with that team spirit, I don’t think we will struggle [for] the whole season.”
However, pay per head sportsbooks and many bookmakers believe that Southampton can make improvements on their defensive shape. Koeman wants to target this problem in the next few weeks, and bookmakers UK services hope to see him accomplish his mission.
“How we did the pressing, the high pressing, in the second half, it was a little bit different than in the first half,” he added.
“I think in the first half we lost a little bit of attention in the transition to attack of Liverpool, because they got two chances about that, one was the goal.
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“It was not a good defensive organisation at that moment [when Sterling scored].