Alan Irvine impressed with Southampton

Alan Irvine, then in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, looks on during a Championship game on March 24, 2010
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West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine reveals that he was impressed with Southampton's display in their opening-day defeat to Liverpool ahead of their Premier League clash.

West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine has admitted that his side will face a tough test against Southampton after watching the Saints' opening-day display.

Ronald Koeman's men produced an excellent performance in their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield as they were made to rue their missed chances in the second half.

Irvine told the club's official website: "Having been at Anfield on Sunday and watched how well they played, and watched how many chances they were able to create at a really difficult place, I think they can more than survive.

"I think they could have another very good season. I think they've spent their money very wisely, replaced very good players with very good players.

"I was really impressed with how they played at Anfield. Not many teams go to Anfield and make it go quiet – but that certainly happened during periods of the game. They deserved something out of the game and I believe it will be a tough place for anyone to go this season."

The Baggies take on Koeman's side at St Mary's Stadium later today.

Ronald Koeman, manager of Southampton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on August 17, 2014
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