Oriol Romeu explains Southampton always believed they could come back against Liverpool

St Marys Southampton

Southampton fought back from 2-0 down to record a remarkable 3-2 win over Liverpool at St Mary's.

Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu said that the side had the belief they could turnaround yesterday's game with Liverpool, after recovering from two goals down at half time to win 3-2 at St Mary's.

It seemed as though the Saints were destined for defeat after strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge seemingly put Liverpool in control - and even after the introduction of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama after the break, Mane seeing his penalty saved by Simon Mignolet seemed to indicate it just wouldn't be their day.

However, the changes made a real difference as they found a bit more presence and guile and Liverpool were put on the back foot a lot more, while the Visitors will regret not capitalising on several other good chances from different phases of the game.

Mane scored two very well-taken goals, including the winner, while Grazianno Pelle's strike also caught the eye.

Romeu is quoted in the Daily Echo, saying: "There was a feeling that we could get that comeback and it was very good from the team.

"When you believe it’s difficult to stop a team and when the eleven players are doing their job on the pitch properly and believing in the win.

“We didn’t feel comfortable. We lost many ball, they were pressing well but we were not playing well enough. We have better quality than that,” the Spaniard said about the first half performance."

While Liverpool fans will point to the introduction of Martin Skrtel at the heart of their defence as the start of their downfall at half-time, that doesn't tell the whole story. Southampton's midfield was getting overrun and at times their attacking play looked disjointed - and the contrast in the second half compared to the first was like night and day. Saints boss Ronald Koeman deserves great credit for righting the wrongs from their performance.

Psychologically it's a big boost for the Saints. When Liverpool were threatening to run riot in the first half, there must have been echoes of their last meeting with the Reds in the League Cup when Jurgen Klopp's side were 6-1 winners. Southampton could've easily wilted, but they didn't, and that's a huge testament to the character they displayed.

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