Southampton 0-0 Liverpool – Puel: We didn't mean to go so defensive 45

Claude Puel felt it was a point won by his side as they held Liverpool to a goalless draw at St Mary’s.

Puel insisted it was not a deliberate tactic for Saints to have to defend so much against the league leaders, but it worked out that way due to the quality of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

After defeat at Hull last time out, Puel was pleased with the draw.

He said: “I don’t know if it’s the good word but I think it’s a good thing this point because we play a very good team with good players.

“It was difficult for example to develop our game, to have good possession, and it was important to keep good discipline, good organisation and to make good work in defence.

“It was very difficult to play against this team because every time they lose the ball they can do a good transition to recover the ball and it’s very difficult to develop our game.

“I think we win one point. Perhaps we lost three points in the last game away, but today we won one point and it’s a good thing for my players.”

Saints spent the majority of the game on the back foot and didn’t manage a single shot on target, but Puel was adamant that was due to Liverpool’s quality.

“It is not our tactic but it is just we play a very good team,” he explained.

“First half for example when we recover the ball we lacked lucidity to keep a little more the ball and play on the ground and we put the ball up too quick against this team.

“After in the second half it was important to keep the lines closed and it was difficult to keep the ball.

“It’s a very good team with great players, physical and technical, and a good spirit and we can see when they lost the ball it is fantastic work to recover it and it is very difficult to play against this team.”

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