Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina posted on his official Twitter account on Sunday that he was “disgusted” and he apologised following the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at St Mary’s on Sunday, and Saints fans were quick to respond to the message.
The 24-year-old was arguably his side’s best player in the opening 45 minutes, but it was clear to see that he was struggling with illness at the start of the second period and he was eventually replaced in the 57th minute by Sofiane Boufal.
The former Juventus man tweeted “I am so disgusted. Sorry…” following the end of a match that left the south coast outfit back in the relegation zone after they had climbed out of it with a 3-2 win against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns the previous weekend.
Southampton supporters took to social media to reply to the Gabon international, and while one said “if only the other players showed as much desire and bottle as you do Mario”, another told him “you did all you could”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Get well soon Mario. We need you. 🙏
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) February 11, 2018
If only the other players showed as much desire and bottle as you do mario.
— Dithering Les (@gregvul) February 11, 2018
We feel your pain buddy, hope that injury isnr too bad and your back on the pitch next weekend 👍🏻
— Arthur (@ArthurCogger) February 11, 2018
Disappointed yes. But not disgusted. You did all you could.
— Italian Saints (@ItalianSaints) February 11, 2018
Best player by a mile in a team not massively interested. You have nothing to be disgusted about. Thank you for your desire and efforts Mario.
— Les could do with a bobble hat.. (@saintbannerman) February 11, 2018
Too good for us, love you mate
— Ryan (@ryangregoryy) February 11, 2018
Only player that showed any genuine passion. The rest should be disgusted, not you.
— Andrew Davis (@andydavis1978) February 11, 2018
No need to be sorry – saw your passion, keep it going!!!! Fans are behind you!
— steve m (@steve76m) February 11, 2018