Southampton striker Danny Ings heaped praise upon Ralph Hasenhuttl following the Saints manager’s emotional reaction to his side’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool.
The Saints were full value for their victory after Ings’ early lob stunned the champions in a result which moves them just four points off the top of the table.
Following the full-time whistle Hasenhuttl appeared to cry tears of joy as he sank to his knees in celebration.
And speaking to Sky Sports at full-time, Ings lifted the lid on what the Austrian is like behind closed doors.
When asked if Hasenhuttl is normally such an emotional figure, Ings replied: “Yeah, he’s very passionate. I think it’s great for all of us lads to see because he brings that passion into our game.
“You can see that in the last few minutes – we’re still trying to break forward, still trying to defend with our lives.
“You see the young lads coming on, sprinting back, trying to get into position. It’s not easy to do.
“The manager’s got us all working our socks off. It’s really paying off this season.”
Hasenhuttl himself tried to sum up his emotions in an interview after the game.
He said: “I’ve never taken a point against Jurgen (Klopp) so far. They are so strong and you always believe something can happen.
“The way we defended was amazing, it was absolutely the perfect evening for us.
“We have had a few other good wins but today nobody expected to win against such a team but I’m very happy that we can benefit from all the effort we put in.”
The Saints next take on Shrewsbury in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday before facing fellow high-fliers Leicester on January 16.