Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has this evening revealed why neither Che Adams or Oriol Romeu are present in his matchday squad to take on Liverpool.
Saints host Reds
The final fixture of the Premier League gameweek is currently being played out at St. Mary’s.
Southampton welcomed the champions to the southeast, for a highly-anticipated matchup.
Both sides headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, on the back of a shaky couple of weeks.
Hasenhuttl’s Saints were winless in their last four, a stretch which saw this evening’s hosts slip to mid-table in the English top-flight.
Liverpool, meanwhile, were held to respective draws by West Brom and Newcastle over the last couple of weeks, allowing Manchester United to draw level with the Reds at the Premier League summit.
As such, with their title rivals now breathing down the necks of Klopp’s outfit, the widespread agreement amongst the Liverpool camp ahead of kick-off at St. Mary’s was no doubt that nothing but all 3 points would suffice.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, in turn, was likely desperate to have as strong a squad as possible at his disposal, with the champions of course capable of lighting up any side in Europe when firing on all cylinders.
It therefore came as a major blow when, upon the hosts’ matchday squad being made official a short time ago, a pair of key performers were nowhere to be seen.
The players in question? Che Adams and Oriol Romeu.
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Speaking during a pre-match interview, Ralph Hasenhuttl was therefore inevitably drawn on the respective absences of the hitman and midfielder.
And the Southampton boss went on to explain:
‘Che (Adams) got a horrible kick in the head and has concussion and is still struggling with it. Oriol (Romeu) really wanted to play today but yesterday had problems with his calf.’
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 4, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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