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    Southampton continue their unbeaten run away from home against Liverpool.

    Southampton’s unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League continued after Sadio Mane scored an 86th minute equaliser at Anfield.

    Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield debut in the Premier League was going well after Christian Benteke headed in James Milner cross.

    But Liverpool’s shaky defence was at fault again as Gaston Ramirez headed James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick across the box which led to an easy tap-in for the in-form Senegalese striker Mane.

    His match was cut short after picking up two unnecessary yellow cards, which left his manager shaking his head in disbelief.

    Klopp’s first three games after replacing Brendan Rodgers have yet to see a win which could mean he is not the manager we thought he was.

    To be successful at any club in the modern era, you need a decent transfer strategy and a top class manager, very few managers have started with a poor side and made the club successful and he was Sir Alex Ferguson.

    There is no doubt Klopp is a good manager and given time, he will get it right but I think the modern transfer committee should be held responsible when a team or manager fails.

    Liverpool did not spend the money they received for Luis Suarez with players of similar quality but as Tottenham know with the sale of Gareth Bale, that is not always possible.

    I am not taking any credit away from Southampton as they are a good side and with their focus on their academy, they will be a stable side in the Premier League for years to come.

    They seem to have the right balance that last weekend’s opponents are lacking with the mix of home grown talent and buying in talent.

    James Ward-Prowse is one example of Southampton’s latest talent from their production line to be a regular in the first team.

    Klopp has tried to introduce the same tactics that he used at Borussia Dortmund, which involves his players closing down opposition’s counter-attacks. The German likes to call it ‘Gegen-pressing’.

    However, at Dortmund, he had Marco Reus, Kagawa et al that provided sharper passing and greater attacking threat then Liverpool currently have now.

    Ronald Koeman will be pleased with this display as his side managed to rescue a point after falling behind with 13 minutes to go.

    His side have a strong unit demonstrated by their five game unbeaten run in the Premier League, the only win being against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    In the pre-match press conference, Koeman pointed out that with the defensive partnership of man-of-the-match Virgil Van Dijk and Jose Fonte they have a solid platform to play without fear of conceding many chances to the opposition.

    Southampton face a midweek test in the Carling Cup against manager less Aston Villa, whilst in the Premier League, there is a battle of the south coast as Bournemouth, make a short trip to St Mary’s.

    By Dominic Rust
    Photo by Antoon Kuper





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