Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was full of praise for his Senegalese forward Sadio Mane and Kenyan Victor Wanyama after a spirited second half show that aided the Saints to rise from two goals down to beat Liverpool 3 – 2 at St. Mary’s on Sunday 20 March.
Koeman left the two on the bench in the first half and the Saints went to the break trailing 0 – 2 but they were introduced at the start of the second half and changed matters, with Wanyama stabilizing a leaking midfield as Mane troubled Liverpool defence.
Mane missed a penalty just three minutes in but recovered to score twice to inspire the comeback and Koeman lauded them in his post match reactions
“It has been a difficult time for him (Mane); He didn’t start today or last week but his reaction was fantastic.
“He kept the belief after missing the penalty and he was important in the second half. Him and Victor (Wanyama) had a big impact,” Koeman told Sky Sports.
The win placed Southampton in a good place to vie for a place in Europe next season.