Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has told the club’s official website that the team lacked three key elements in their game against Liverpool on Sunday.
The Saints failed to return to winning ways in the Premier League as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Philippe Coutinho put the Reds ahead after just three minutes when he found the target from 25 yards, and Raheem Sterling added the second on 73 minutes.
“We conceded a wonder goal by Coutinho, and then after we tried everything, but we lacked something today like we lacked something in the last couple of games at home – penetration, the last finish, the last cross – and we need to rectify that,” Schneiderlin told Southampton’s official website.
Southampton have been far from their best in recent games and were under-par against Liverpool, although statistically they were better than the Merseyside outfit.
Ronald Koeman’s side had 60% of the possession, took 13 shots of which five were on target, and earned six corners.
On the other hand, Liverpool had 40% of the possession, took six shots of which four were on target, and earned just one corner.
However, Brendan Rodgers’s team were the more clinical of the two teams, and that is reflected in the two unanswered goals they scored.
Southampton are very much in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, but their performance and results need to improve.
So far this month, the Saints have won just one league game. For a side aiming to play Champions League football next season, this is simply not good enough.