Hasenhuttl hints at major chance for Saints new-boy against Liverpool
Ralph Hasenhuttl can't wait to integrate Kevin Danso into his backline and could hand the Austrian defender his Southampton debut against Liverpool on Saturday.
The 20-year-old centre-back completed a season-long loan to Saints from Augsburg on deadline day.
And the signing of the physically imposing Danso looks to be just what Hasenhuttl needs after seeing his side’s struggles against a bullying Burnley side and a strong wind at Turf Moor.
Speaking after Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League loss to Sean Dyche’s men, Hasenhuttl bemoaned his side’s catalogue of mistakes and overall lack of composure on the opening day.
The St Mary’s manager refused to point the finger at anyone in particular as there were countless individual mistakes that ultimately cost his side dear.
Jannik Vestergaard was clearly at fault for Ashley Barnes’ opener as the £18m signing from Borussia Monchengladbach misjudged the flight of the ball and inadvertently flicked it on.
1-0 BARNES: Their first goal came from a classic Burnley punt up field and something we know too much about, an individual error! Head it away and it’s all good, but Vestergaard misjudged the ball in the air which led to Barnes getting in on goal… #SaintsFC pic.twitter.com/Ks8PyFP7mf
— Mart (@MartFergie) August 11, 2019
But it was another one of his three starting centre-backs that Hasenhuttl chose to haul off when he opted to change tactics and chase the game in the final 20 minutes.
Jack Stephens got the hook as the Austrian dispensed with his wing-backs and went to flat back four and the Englishman may be set to miss out this weekend against Liverpool.
Danso should be in the selection mix after a full week’s training at Staplewood following his deadline-day switch from Augsburg.
“We will have a look and work with him during the week and show him how we want to play,” said Hasenhuttl of his fellow Austrian.
“He’s quick-learning I think.”
Danso spoke to Southampton’s Youtube channel over the weekend to give his reaction to joining the club.
He was impressed by the “great facilities” and admitted “very influential” Hasenhuttl was a major reason for his decision.
He said: “I know him, know the work he’s done in the Bundesliga, He was pivotal in my decision to come here.”