Southampton relinquished a first half lead, conceding three second half goals to Everton in an opening day loss.
Ralph Hasenhuttl baffled all supporters by handing Southampton debuts to Tino Livramento, Romain Perraud, and new #9 Adam Armstrong. Kyle Walker-Peters being dropped for Livramento perhaps the most surprising choice as the former has been a mainstay in the Saints’ side. The selection speaks volumes to Livramento’s ability at just 18 years of age. Danny Ings’ replacement goes straight into the starting lineup which should tell everyone Adam Armstrong has gained the bosses’ appreciation.
Southampton’s first half was very positive with Che Adams’ press setting up Adam Armstrong for a debut goal. It was a dream start for the signee from Blackburn who had a lot to do 1 on 1 with Jordan Pickford. Tino Livramento was a shining light attacking down the right side with no fear taking on multiple defenders at a time.
Richarlson completely changed the match with his goal just after half time. Southampton cannot afford to give up goals in key moments if they expect to maintain momentum. The Everton forward was simply quicker than everyone else to a recycled ball and Alex McCarthy and Mohammed Salisu were caught in no-man’s land. A too familiar mistake to completely turn the tide of a home crowd who booed their team off at 45.
Ralph Hasenhuttl made his changes far too late, not trusting his gut at the hour mark. Theo Walcott was not affecting the game and the bench had plenty of firepower to make a mark. Disrupting the flow of the team should not be a concern and Everton were clearly not at their best. A loss at Goodison and in the Premier League opener is something supporters have been accustomed to, but for many reasons this one could have been prevented.
Here are the player ratings for the Saints in their loss to Everton.