Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has accepted blame for his team’s horrendous showing in the 6-1 demolition by Liverpool in the Capital One Cup quarter final match played tonight.
The Saints began the night brightly as Senegalese forward Sadio Mane gave them the lead after just 39 seconds at the Saint Mary’s before Divock Origi equalized at the stroke of half-time.
Koeman switched to a back three at the interval in an attempt to plot switch the contest back in the favour of his team but it backfired as Origi went on to net a hat-trick while back to fitness Daniel Sturridge contributed a brace and Jordon Ibe wrapped it up with a stunning strike.
“That is not the result we expect,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports. “A great start but if you make the mistakes defensively we did in the first half and consider the top quality of Liverpool, then you can lose.
“The second half is my responsibility. I changed the system, I made the risk of three at the back.
“The first goal of Liverpool is a throw in and you see how easily they play, that is not good. The have a great energy and they have qualities in the team.
“We gave them that space, those opportunities and if you give a man like Daniel Sturridge that space he will kill you.”