Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton were left disappointed as they lost 1-0 to Bruno Lage’s Wolves at St. Mary’s on Sunday.
The Saints are without a win in their six Premier League matches, sitting on four points after four draws and two defeats.
Raul Jimenez scored the only goal of the game as he raced onto a long ball from Jose Sa, outmuscled Jan Bednarek and then chopped inside of Mo Salisu and Bednarek again to slot past Alex McCarthy.
Despite the defeat, there were some positives to take from the match, with one player – in particular – catching the eye – Tino Livramento.
The summer signing from Chelsea was a shining light on a dark day for the Saints as he impressed at right-back with an excellent performance. He looked assured at both ends of the pitch and was ultimately let down by his teammates to end up on the losing side.
Defensively, he was almost a brick wall. Per SofaScore, he won 75% of his duels on the pitch, winning six of seven on the ground and losing his one aerial battle. He also made one tackle whilst no Wolves players were able to dribble past him throughout the match, showing that his positioning and tackling were perfect in that sense.
On the ball, Livramento also flourished. Per SofaScore, he had 75 touches and completed 86% of his passes from full-back. He also completed his only attempted dribble and provided two key passes for his teammates, whilst forcing a solid save out of Jose Sa with a low-driven effort in the second half. On another day, his creativity may have seen him end the game with an assist, but his teammates were unable to make the most out of either of the openings he created.
This shows that he has the quality to make an impact going forward, whilst also offering a balance by being able to keep it tight defensively and not gift any openings to the opposition.
Therefore, Hasenhuttl will surely be delighted by what he saw from the young defender and feeling grateful that his club were able to snap him up from Chelsea in the summer window.