Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has insisted that his side are desperate to hamper Liverpool’s title aspirations and asserted that his players are motivated to turn their dismal form around to make a strong end to the campaign. Southampton plays Liverpool in Premier League action on Tuesday.
Liverpool are engaged in a heated title race with Manchester City over claiming Premier League glory at the end of the season. The Manchester club currently occupies first place in the standings with the Merseyside club behind them by four points although they gave a game in hand.
The Reds travel to the St Mary’s stadium to play Southampton to close the distance to just a point behind the reigning Premier League champions. Hasenhuttl's side are in terrible form at the moment with just one win in their last 10 league games.
The Saints have a proven track record of causing upsets over superior opponents this season as they have taken points from Tottenham, Manchester United, and Arsenal. Southampton will hope to take inspiration from upsets over top-six opposition and overcome their dismal form by making a strong end to the campaign.
Hasenhuttl who has only overcome Klopp’s side once over his career is desperate to improve his record when the two sides meet on Tuesday.
"It would be easy to say do the same like last time. I've often spoken about why it was so emotional because it was such a tough fight and such a demanding game for me on the outside as well as the players on the pitch. There's a reason they've only lost three games this season and if you want to do it you need a perfect day,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports.
"On Tuesday, being part of this title race gives them an extra motivation but gives us also a chance, like West Ham [who drew with Man City on Sunday], to do something special. This is what the players want to do, they're looking forward to this game and we're hungry to show up at home,” he added.