Southampton 0-2 Liverpool: Three Key Players

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Mauricio Pellegrino, Manager of Southampton gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on February 11, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Mauricio Pellegrino, Manager of Southampton gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on February 11, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /
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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Emre Can of Liverpool tackles Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium on February 11, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Emre Can of Liverpool tackles Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium on February 11, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) /

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

The Danish midfielder has recently been playing in a role that probably doesn’t best suit him, but has put in a few accomplished performances. Excellent at winning the ball back and a superb passing range makes him an ideal candidate for defensive midfield.

However, due to the form of Romeu and Lemina, Hojbjerg has been pushed forward into an attacking midfield role. He has had to act as the link between the midfield and the isolated striker. Showing a lot of determination and his clever footballing brain saw him outwit a lot of the Liverpool midfield and defence in the first half, and even had a golden chance to level the score at 1-0.

Hojbjerg isn’t a player who tries ridiculous or eccentric flicks and tricks, he just gets the ball and passes into space, which makes him an good centre midfielder. However it doesn’t really work in the attacking role.

There’s no doubting Hojbjerg’s quality, but he needs to be played in his best position to utilise him.