Saints boss Ronald Koeman confirmed he is not finished with his transfer activities after seeing his side play out a goalless draw with West Brom at St Mary’s.

Graziano Pelle was brought in by Koeman to provide goals but he struggled to make an impact and Koeman was under no illusions that there is yet more work to be done on his squad before the close of the window.

“We know inside what we need in the time we have,” he said.

“We will work to bring in one or two players. We need that - it will be a long season in England and on Tuesday we play in the League Cup and with that you need enough players of quality to give the competition in the squad.”

The start of the Koeman era on the south coast will prove instantly forgettable when compared to the impressive performance his new-look side put in at Anfield last weekend.

Saints may have lost 2-1 to Liverpool but Koeman felt his side were more at the races than they were in front of their own fans and praised keeper Fraser Forster for making a late save to deny West Brom victory.

“The result was better than last week but the feeling is different. It’s strange in football,” he added.

“We deserved last week much more than we got, but today it was difficult. We didn’t have the tempo to create more. We played against a West Brom side with good organisation, very compact, physical strong in defence.

“You need high quality in the cross and passing and we didn’t have that today.

“We like to have more tempo. Sometimes it’s too slow and gives the opponents chance to have good organisation. It was maybe a typical goalless match - thanks to Fraser Forster, he’s a good goalkeeper for the future.”