Koeman accepts responsibility for heavy Southampton defeat

Rob Conlon
Ronald Koeman: Felt performance deserved better result

Ronald Koeman: Felt performance deserved better result

Ronald Koeman admits he must shoulder the blame for Southampton’s capitulation in the League Cup quarter-final against Southampton.

Despite opening the scoring after just 45 seconds through Saido Mane, the Saints were thrashed 6-1, with Divock Origi bagging a hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge notching twice on his return from injury.

The defeat represented Southampton’s worst at home for 56 years, since a 6-0 loss to Brentford in March 1959, and while criticising his team for making it “too easy” for Liverpool, their manager, Ronald Koeman, accepted responsibility for the attacking changes which he said ultimately increased their deficit.

“[It was] great play of Liverpool,” Koeman said. “They played a fantastic game. Very complete, defensively strong, good movement, and they killed the game with high quality, but [it was] too easy in my opinion.

“The second half is my responsibility. I took the decision to play three at the back, and the first 20 minutes after half-time it was a little bit better, but we didn’t score, and the last 20 minutes, there were too big spaces, too big gaps.”

Southampton have the perfect opportunity to bounce back when they host bottom club Aston Villa on Saturday.