Liverpool suffered a shock defeat in terms of their early season results when they fell 0-1 to Southampton in front of the Anfield crowd Saturday afternoon. With the club missing the likes of key early season performers Philippe Coutinho, Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique the team failed to play as one and suffered the consequences.
A makeshift back line of four center backs failed to see a cohesive group from the back to the front and all in all a poor display of how not to play as a team cost Liverpool any chance of getting back into the match even as it opened up in the last thirty minutes.
Following the match Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who had managed to keep his side in it through several brilliant saves discussed the club's shortcomings and belief that they have the opportunity to put things right when they face Manchester United on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup with LFCTV:
"We wanted to win the game, especially when you play at home at Anfield against Southampton you want to get three points.
They came here, blocked us off and were really organised - which made it difficult for us to play and create chances. If you then concede in the second half, it's a disappointment.
We've got another game on Wednesday, when we can put things right straight away; I think it's a perfect scenario to get back to it. We have a decent game to look forward to and everybody can put things right.
Sometimes you have a disappointing result, but then you have to make sure the result and performance afterwards is back on top."
Much like his keeper and teammate, stand in fullback Kolo Toure also discussed that this is a major turning point for the club as now they must see how they react to a loss and a poor display:
"It's a marathon - the season is very long and we're going to have ups and downs.
We all know that as a team we didn't perform; it wasn't one or two, it was the squad. We didn't work as a team like we are used to.
We need to get back to those basics, because that's what our strength is - as a team we are really strong.
We didn't start the game very well as a team - we couldn't pass the ball or move really. I don't know why, but the performance wasn't good from the whole squad.
Now we just need to focus on the next game, there is not much time to think. We'll analyze the game, see what we didn't do well, and focus on the next game - which is a really important game against United.
The most important thing is: how are we going to react to a setback like that? I'm sure the team is really strong mentally. Even 1-0 down, we were pushing, we saw the team were trying to come back..."
The club now face a daunting task in the form of Manchester United at Old Trafford in midweek. The Red Devils just suffered their own traumatic result in a magnitude much worse than Liverpool's loss to Southampton as they were torn to pieces in the Manchester Derby by their local rivals Manchester City.
Liverpool will have to be ready not only to prove they have what it takes to come back from defeat, but also that they can get the better of their biggest rival when they are also coming off a demoralizing result.
The return of Luis Suarez will be a major boost for Liverpool as was also mentioned by Mignolet:
"Every single competitive game we play is important. We want to go out and win every game.
Today we didn't manage to do that but we've got another opportunity on Wednesday and it's a big game as well.
Luis Suarez is coming back, which can maybe give us a lift. So we've got positives to look forward to."
It looks like Wednesday will certainly see an interesting Northwest Derby between Liverpool and Manchester United indeed.
Thomas is the Managing Editor of SWOL.co, follow him @socceratz.
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