Feb 11, 2018 at 4.30pm UK at ​St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 31,915

Romeu (62')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Firmino (6'), Salah (42')
Matip (38'), Can (47')

Oriol Romeu: 'Players to blame for Southampton struggles'

Romeu: 'Players to blame for struggles'
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Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu insists that the players are to blame for the club's current league position, rather than underfire manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has insisted that the players, rather than manager Mauricio Pellegrino, are to blame for the club's current league position.

The Saints saw results go against them prior to Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool, and a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Reds left them in the relegation zone and point from safety.

A section of Southampton supporters voiced their displeasure at Pellegrino during and after the match at St Mary's, but Romeu stressed that it is the players who must shoulder the responsibility for the club's poor form.

"It's not the manager's problem. We are the ones playing, and the ones that have to change this," he is quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

"This season we have conceded too many easy goals. Then closing the game down, we have had too many times when we have lost points in the last minutes, so we need to know how to close the games, how to play under pressure, and then we will know how to get points.

"It is going to be very, very tight until the end [of the season]. Every point is going to be important."

Southampton have won just one of their last 14 Premier League games.

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Mauricio Pellegrino observes the action during the Premier League game between Southampton and Watford on September 9, 2017
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