Liverpool goalscorer Sadio Mane admitted today’s 2-1 win over Southampton was ‘tough’ considering the European Champions exertions in midweek.
Having won the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday night, Liverpool had the long journey to the South Coast to face a well-rested Southampton side who were looking to recover from their 3-0 hammering at the hands of Burnley on the opening day.
Jurgen Klopp’s side unsurprisingly dominated possession of the ball, though Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side still managed to create a number of chances for themselves throughout the game. The visitors eventually went in front on the stroke of half-time thanks to a superb strike from Southampton old boy Sadio Mane, before Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on 71 minutes,
Former Liverpool striker Danny Ings pulled one back with seven minutes to play after an Adrian howler, and speaking after the game, former Saints striker Mane admitted it was a ‘difficult’ game.
“What a game, it was not an easy game but you have to expect a tough game like this at this stage of the season,” Mane told the BBC.
“After playing 120 minutes on Wednesday it was not easy and we know it would be difficult. It was not easy and it took us a little bit of time to get going.
“But we got the three points and I think we deserved it. Once we scored the first goal it was easier for us.
Speaking after Adrian’s error, which saw the former West Ham keeper pass the ball straight to Danny Ings, mane admitted that he was feeling nervy for the final 10 minutes or so.
“I was nervous because it wasn’t over,” he admitted. “We had another 10 minutes to go. it was tough for us and of course we expect that here. it can happen, it is part of football.”