Pellegrino calls for calm

12 February 2018 09:34:15 EST

Mauricio Pellegrino has called for calm from his Southampton players after they dropped into the Premier League's relegation zone on Sunday.

The Saints were already sitting in 18th position going into their game against Liverpool at St Mary's after both Huddersfield and then Newcastle moved above them courtesy of earlier wins against Bournemouth and Manchester United respectively.

And first half goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah sealed a win for Jurgen Klopp's Reds to make it just one win in 14 league games for the Saints.

It will be long until the end, we have to be there, recover our mentality and in football everything can change in two or three weeks.

Mauricio Pellegrino

They are now one point from safety looking ahead to their next Premier League game against Burnley at Turf Moor on 24th February.

Pellegrino understands that the supporters will be fearful at seeing their team in the relegation places, but he has urged his players to remain calm and he is convinced the results will come.

He told Sky Sports: "We are in one situation, but we have to keep going, keep fighting.

"We understand the emotion of the fans, everything in the Premier League is tight and everything changes.

"I am convinced we have got good pace to try to win the next game. It will be long until the end, we have to be there, recover our mentality and in football everything can change in two or three weeks.

"I feel that this second half didn't show our reaction since January, because we were growing every single weekend.

"The second half was really bad. Overall the anxiety was really high, we were not calm and gave the ball away all of the time."

Southampton, who are 100/1 to be relegated this season, are 6/4 to win at Burnley next time out, while the Clarets are priced at 23/10 and the draw is available at 21/10.

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