Saints to march on after loss on opening day

SOUTHAMPTON manager Ronald Koeman says he took plenty of heart from his team's performance despite a first-up 2-1 loss to Liverpool in the English Premier League season opener at Anfield.

The Saints boss had seen a number of players leave the club in pre-season, including Rickie Lambert , Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana to the Reds.

But despite the player exodus, the former Dutch international was pleased with how his team performed. "The way we played I think brings us a lot of confidence," he said.

Liverpool, in its first game since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, scored first through Raheem Stirling and won the game late thanks to Daniel Sturridge (pictured) after Nathaniel Clyne had equalised.

It was business as usual for champion Manchester City, which opened the season with a 2-0 win at Newcastle, thanks to goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero.