Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to enhance to reputation week after week with the job he's doing at Southampton.
The 53-year-old Austrian took over the Saints just over two years ago. He guided the club to safety in that first season, but things looked grim three months into his first full season in charge after a 9-0. Since then though, the turnaround has been phenomenal. From the Leicester game in 2019 on, Southampton have amassed the sixth most points in the Premier League, with just one point less than Leicester and more than Chelsea, Wolves, and Arsenal.
Last night, they moved up to sixth in this season's Premier League table by beating the champions Liverpool, thanks to a Danny Ings goal. They became just the second team to do so this season after Aston Villa, and just the fifth team to beat them in the last three seasons. After the game, Hasenhuttl was understandably delighted with the win but we probably weren't expecting the level of emotion on show.
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Hasenhuttl explained the reasons for his emotion in the post-match press conference where he said that Jurgen Klopp was the only manager he had never gotten something against, and had predicted he would break the duck the last time the two managers met.
Until 80 minutes or so you think you have done a good job so far, but there is still a long way to go with winning and then with my history with Jurgen, he is the only coach I have never taken points off.
So I was joking with him one month or two months ago when we had the Premier League meeting and I said 'I want to have the chance to take a point off you!'
It is just a perfect evening. Because of the effort they maybe deserved to take a point but that is not important today. You take it and that is it.