Southampton couldn’t continue the good run of form from prior to the recent international break, having won three out of their four previous league games before being beaten 2-1 today by Norwich City.
After taking an early lead with a goal from Che Adams, the Saints didn’t keep that lead for long after Norwich striker Teemu Pukki levelled the scoring just a few minutes later. Grant Hanley scored the winning goal in the second half to give the home side their second win of the season and Dean Smith’s first as their new manager.
One Southampton player who definitely had a day and performance to forget on this occasion was Valentino Livramento.
After recovering from an injury scare which forced him out of international duty, the 19-year-old played the full match at Carrow Road but only won six of his 15 duels, completed just 29 of his 38 passes (with no key passes), completed just one of his three dribbles and lost possession 17 times. He ultimately earned a disappointing overall match rating of 6.4/10, making him the lowest-rated Southampton outfield player to start the match according to SofaScore.
Since joining from fellow Premier League side Chelsea in August in a deal worth a reported £5m, Livramento has played almost every minute of Premier League action for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, cementing his place as their first-choice right-back.
Given his young age and the fact that the Austrian clearly trusts him to perform every week for the Saints, it would be easy to chalk down this disappointing individual performance against Norwich as a bad day at the office and just hope he can improve next time around.
However, if the youngster doesn’t manage to improve on today’s performance and keeps putting in lacklustre displays, his place in the team could be at risk going forward, especially with Hasenhuttl recently revealing that he will be rotating his side throughout the next few weeks and months to navigate the busy winter schedule.