Koeman hails game-changing duo

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has hailed Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane after they came off the bench to help beat Liverpool 3-2 at St Mary’s on Sunday.

The Reds had a two-goal lead at halftime thanks Philippe Coutinho and and Daniel Sturridge in the 17th and 22nd minutes respectively, forcing the Dutch tactician to make changes at halftime, with both players entering the mix

Mane missed a penalty four minutes into the second period before finding the net in the 64th minute, and bagged his second of the night to seal the win in the 86th minute, three minutes after Graziano Pellè had equalised.

“We made the decision after half time,” Koeman said. “I think it was first of all Victor in the midfield. We needed to have a really strong player in that position, because we lost a little bit of the control in the midfield.

“I think really we needed more physicality in the midfield. He was winning second balls and that gave everybody more confidence.

“Sadio is a different player, he is faster than Dušan [Tadic] and that’s what we tried to do, to play with him from the right, Shane [Long] from the left, with the midfielders supporting Pellè.

“It’s been a difficult time for Sadio, because the player always likes to start and he didn’t start. It’s not always about one player. He showed great belief in himself and that’s the Sadio we like to see – scoring. He’s a fantastic player.”