But that scoreline was the real truth.
Kone, who plays as a centre forward, was deployed in a wider position on the right flank at the St Mary’s and made an impact on the game by providing the assist for Lukaku’s opening goal. “But it is hard to highlight an individual”.
He may seem an obvious choice given the two goals, but the Belgian ultimately proved the difference between the two sides and was the second top scorer for points across the matchday.
“The goal comes because his performance previously was very good, and when he gets into the box, he shows the top mentality he has”. “Everybody knows that we are working at one more defender”.
Benteke meanwhile, who signed for Liverpool for £32.5m from Aston Villa over the summer, will have his chance to match Lukaku when the Reds take on AFC Bournemouth at home on Monday evening.
Saints have now gone eight Premier League matches without a clean sheet, conceding more than once in seven of them.
The rumours regarding De Gea change on an nearly daily basis, indeed sometimes with even greater frequency, but if he doesn’t head to Madrid we’re unlikely to see him in action until the transfer window closes. “I thought we were excellent in every department of our performance”.
The 22-year-old immediately stopped his warm up and hopped the stadium signage fence and began walking up into the stands to apologise to the woman, who was wearing a Southampton shirt.
“If you are in front, if you behind, if the opposition want to win the game or if they have 10 bodies behind the ball”. We have a game in the Europa League on Thursday so it’s a very important wake-up alarm for us’.
It was a bitter blow to the 30-year-old and the success of young Brendan Galloway on the left-hand side of defence so far this season will have done little to cheer his mood.
The dilemma that faced Southgate has been well-documented, but Barkley looks to have benefitted from a pre-season free from the stress of football ahead of what is a massive year for a player looking to force his way into Hodgson’s starting XI for next summer’s European Championship.