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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

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Liverpool eased past Southampton with a 3-0 win at Anfield with an own goal from Wesley Hoedt, a header from Joel Matip and a further strike from Mo Salah sealing a comfortable three points for the hosts.

Reaction from Mark Hughes and Ryan Bertrand:
Mark Hughes admitted Southampton need to do more work on defending set plays after the 3-0 defeat at Anfield

Listen to the #SaintsFC boss with @AdamBlackmore 🔊👇 pic.twitter.com/BD9SZdW7RS — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) September 22, 2018
Ryan Bertrand says Southampton lacked character in their 3-0 defeat at Liverpool

Listen to @ryanbertrand3 with @AdamBlackmore 🔊👇 #SaintsFCpic.twitter.com/DLe0W3GGZ6 — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) September 22, 2018

Southampton 2-2 Brighton

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Brighton came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at St. Mary's. Højbjerg put Saints ahead with a stunning first half strike from range. Danny Ings scored a penalty in the 2nd half before the visitors hit back twice including a late penalty of their own.

Reaction from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg: “First of all, we are very disappointed. When you’re 2-0 up at home against Brighton you have to go through with it and get the win.

“I think for a big part of the game we did that and I think we’re still growing as a team. Until the end it was a good night to be a Southampton supporter and player.

“When you want to be serious and be up there with something to play for in the Premier League, you cannot let games like this go away. We need to work on that because it cannot happen.

“Maybe there is some nervousness from last year when we’re on the back foot where we are afraid of losing. We need to stay on the front foot.”
Mark Hughes: “We were only ever going to be beaten by a set play or a mistake or a…

Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton

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Saints picked up their first 3 points of the season with a comfortable 2-0 victory away at Crystal Palace. Danny Ings scored just after half time, Charlie Austin had a penalty saved before Pierre-Emile Højbjerg wrapped up the win with a late goal.



Southampton 1-2 Leicester

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Ryan Bertrand scored on his 150th appearance for Saints but Leicester leveled through Demarai Gray and then scored deep into stoppage time to seal victory through a Harry Maguire strike. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was sent off for the hosts.

Comments from Bertrand on his landmark appearance for the club: “I’m very proud.

“When I joined the club, I came here and felt a fantastic spirit.

“I’ve begun to know myself as a player. It’s been a fantastic place to come and work – if I can call it that, because I enjoy it so much.

“Individually I’m just trying to improve game by game – to keep doing more.

“I’m looking at opportunities where I could do better and how I could help the team, attacking and defensively, so it’s bittersweet today. I’d rather not score and win.”



Everton 2-1 Southampton

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Former Saint Theo Walcott and in-form Richarlison got Everton off to a strong start against Southampton. Mark Hughes' Saints improved in the second half with Danny Ings scoring his first for the club but it wasn't enough to stop defeat at Goodison.



Southampton 0-0 Burnley

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Southampton opened the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a goalless draw against Burnley at St Mary's.

Mark Hughes reaction: 

“I think we steadily improved and in the second-half I made a change because I felt we weren’t able to get any pressure on the ball to stop them playing into the channels.

“We needed to gain control of the game so we changed the personnel and the shape as well which helped us. We were able to get up the pitch and controlled the second-half.

“We created a number of chances and on another day I think we did enough to win the game.

“In the first-half, we didn’t start with the intensity I’d hoped because you’ve got to impose what you want to do on the opposition.

“Credit to Burnley, I think it showed their ahead of us in terms of competitive action so they probably had a little bit more speed than us in the opening period.

“I think we got better as the game went on and in the end I think they were trying to run the clock down and get the draw, whereas we were…

Ings signs for Saints

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Southampton have signed 26-year-old striker Danny Ings initially on a season-long loan from Liverpool ahead of a permanent move next summer.

😇✍️#SaintsFC is delighted to announce it has signed striker @IngsDanny on a season-long loan, ahead of a permanent move next summer: https://t.co/dgsZXZMBxZ — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 9, 2018
Saints boss Mark Hughes said: “There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us. 
“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room. 
“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front. 
“He didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove. 
“It’s a great boost for us on the eve of the season to bring another quality pla…