Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he is not too concerned by Saints’ pointless start to the season.

Back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Liverpool have left Saints still waiting to get off the mark in the Premier League this season, having also failed to win in their final five matches of the previous campaign.

Saints gave a much better account of themselves in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool and are now eyeing a morale boosting result at Brighton next time out.

Hasenhuttl said: “You cannot think that against such a team (Liverpool) you don’t give chances away. That’s not possible.

“They have so much quality that you can defend fantastic and even then they have chances. That’s normal.

“I think for us I would be worrying more if I see us sitting deep, having no chance for a ball win or a transition offensive, no chance at all in 90 minutes. That would worry me more.

“In the moment now I must say I saw a team believing in what they are doing and even if you have no points after two games we know it’s tough in the Premier League and we know about our schedule in the first weeks, but even then it’s important that you believe in what you are doing.

“I could feel we never give up and we had chances to take more than only warm words.”

Saints did work tirelessly against the ball to keep their Champions League winning opposition at bay with the midfield carrying a lot of that burden.

“I think they had a difficult job because they had to cover long distances, especially at high speed when they tried to attack the full backs,” admitted Hasenhuttl.

“They are extremely physical and really strong and also with the ball I think we showed a few very good moments.

“It’s a pity and we invested a lot but didn’t get something.”

New signing Kevin Danso was on the bench with Maya Yoshida replacing Jack Stephens in the back five, and Hasenhuttl was happier with the performance of his defence.

“I think it was important we have a bit more experience in the centre position against such an opponent very necessary,” he said.

“Against Liverpool last season at home we played with the same back five and did it very well.

“We did a good job for a long time and Jannik Vestergaard did a good game.

“They had a few chances second half where they could score but that’s normal against such a team. You cannot think you won’t give any chances away.”