Liverpool legend David Fairclough doesn’t believe the Reds should have been tired after they went down 3-2 to Southampton in a Premier League fixture on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s team, who drew 1-1 with Manchester United in a Europa League Round of 16 second leg clash on Thursday to win the tie 3-1 on aggregate, raced to a 2-0 lead by the 22nd minute at St Mary’s Stadium, owing to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

However, Liverpool were totally outplayed after the break as Southampton scored three times between the 64th and 86th minutes to claim a stunning come from behind win.

The Liverpool players looked tired and jaded in the second period, with the Saints completely dominating proceedings.

But Fairclough, who thinks the Merseyside giants should not have tired so much as the game progressed, went on to provide the example of how Premier League leaders Leicester City put in tireless displays week in and week out.


“I don't think that at this stage of the season they should be tired out as such”, he said on LFC TV after the match.

“I know they played on Thursday night and what have you. But the tiredness thing shouldn't have been as obvious as it was.

“I think sometimes the good teams at this point in time – if you ask Leicester, are you tired at the moment? They are not, they are firing on all cylinders.”

Liverpool, who are currently ninth in the Premier League table, will next take on second-placed Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield after the international break.