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Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed that his emotional reaction to Southampton’s 1-0 win against Liverpool was due to a personal achievement against Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
Danny Ings’ good early hit against his old club was enough for the Saints to take all three points against the champions.
After the game, Hasenhuttl fell to the grass in celebration before standing up with tears in his eyes.
The Austrian said the backlash was due to eventually taking points away from Klopp as a coach.
Hasenhuttl said: “It says everything and says that today we had an incredible mentality, even more than they.
“We never give up and we try until the end to change things. We showed that it is possible to win against teams like this and we did it in a fantastic way. they can do it and we finally needed to have a perfect evening and it was one.
“The good thing is that you don’t expect to get points from this team, that’s like extra points. Of course, it all comes along with the belief of actually taking this victory.
Klopp is a milestone for Has
“Up to 80 minutes or so you think you have done a good job so far, but there is still a long way to go to win and then with my history with Jurgen he is the only manager I have never taken points from.
“So I was joking with him a month or two ago when we had the Premier League meeting and I said ‘I want to get a chance to get a point out of you!’
“It’s a perfect night. Because of the effort, they might deserve to take a point, but that’s not important today. You take it and that’s it.”