Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted he was disappointed at the reception from Southampton fans at former Saints players Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren on their first return to St Mary’s Stadium since their switches to Anfield last summer, suggesting both deserved better than the chorus of boos which greeted their every touch.
The visitors’ boss whose side extended their unbeaten league run to 10 matches with a 2-0 win in Sunday’s English Premier League clash with Ronald Koeman’s men to move within three points to third place in the league table, also bemoaned a lack of acknowledgements in the official match day programme to mark the efforts put in by Lallana, Lovren and Rickie Lambert over their time on the south coast.
All three were actually referenced in the club captain Kelvin Davis’s column on page 82 of the Saints magazine, though Rodgers felt the trio deserved more.
“It was always going to be difficult for the likes of Dejan and Adam,” he said.
“I was a bit disappointed for Adam. He was captain here for two years and gave incredible service to Southampton. I know he could have left a number of times and didn’t, so to get the reception he did was disappointing.”
“There was nothing in the match programme referencing his time here, either. I know Dejan was only here for a season, but there was no mention either for Lambert.”
“Those two guys, Rickie and Adam, gave their heart and soul to Southampton and were big supporters of this club before moving on to one of the biggest clubs in the world at Liverpool.”
“This is a fantastic club, a club who were in the Premier League but had to drop to League One to grow again, but those two guys were wonderful servants here. It was a massive decision for them to come to Liverpool, but what about everything they gave to this club?”
“There’s usually a form of appreciation, but today there was nothing. For me that’s a wee bit sad. I was thinking of them today looking at the programme before the game, about everything they gave to this club to get them where they are today, and not a mention.”