FORMER England manager Fabio Capello described as “completely over the top” Ralph Hasenhuttl’s emotional reaction after overcoming Liverpool 1-0 on Monday.

The Austrian manager sunk to his knees with tears in his eyes following Saints’ triumph over Jurgen Klopp’s champions.

But despite the magnitude of the result for Hasenhuttl, former Juventus, Roma and Real Madrid manager Capello was left bemused his reaction.

He told Sky Italia: “I don't understand this sort of thing.

“He was working, a bit of emotion is fine in these situations, but this was completely over the top.

“Why on earth would you start crying?!”

It had been a tough week for the Austrian, having missed last week's game against West Ham United as he self-isolated at home after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.

Subsequent tests deemed that to be a 'false positive', allowing Hasenhuttl to return to work.

The Saints boss also had to prepare to take on Liverpool, a side previously unbeaten in 12 league games, without key members through the spine of his team in Alex McCarthy, Jannik Vestergaard, Oriol Romeu and Che Adams.

Asked if the coronavirus scare at home as well as losing some of his star men in the past couple of days to injury was the reason behind his emotional reaction to the victory on Monday night, Hasenhuttl said: "Yeah, sure, everything comes together and the belief to take this win really.

"Until 70 or 80 minutes you still think, we did a good job so far, but winning is still a long way to go.

“My history against Jurgen so far, he was the only coach I’d not taken points from so I was joking with him a month or two months ago when we had the Premier League meeting and said ‘I want to have a chance to take a point against you’.”