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Ryan Bertrand: Shane Long got what he deserved against Liverpool

Bertrand is backing Long to continue scoring goals.

Shane Long of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary’s Stadium on April 05, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand says Shane Long has more than deserved to get on the scoresheet against Liverpool on Friday night.

He is now backing Long to rediscover the goalscoring form which saw him net in the double figures for Saints in the 2015/16 season.

“It’s good for any of our strikers to get off the mark,” Bertrand told the Daily Echo. “He worked very hard on Friday and got what he deserved.

“If you look at his commitment, it’s never in question. He just needs to get the rub of the green sometimes and he got that against Liverpool.

“Hopefully, he can go on and keep that form going now.

“People are always going to talk but as long as you stay mentally strong and believe in your abilities then you can do your talking on the pitch.”

Long’s Liverpool goal was only his second of the season.

Given how threadbare Southampton’s striking options are in the ongoing relegation battle, Saints fans will be hoping Long can find his shooting boots.