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Southampton appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as replacement for Mark Hughes

Southampton appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as replacement for Mark Hughes

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Liverpool forward Divock Origi took an awful lot of people by surprise when he came in from the cold to make his first Premier League appearance since August 2017 in the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon.

With the game goalless, the Belgium striker came off the Anfield bench in the 84th minute and proceeded to bundle home a dramatic stoppage-time winner thanks to an unlikely assist from Virgil van Dijk and unfortunate moment from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

While Origi's shock contribution proved vital in the Reds' continuing attempts to keep pace with Manchester City at the summit, it also meant that one fan in particular was left with a classic over-zealous Twitter wager to fulfil.

If Origi scores I'll get a 'Divock' tattoo

Sure enough, a couple of days later, the Liverpudlian supporter provided photographic evidence of the bet being honoured.

Indeed, he proudly showed off his "D1V0CK" body art, complete with a stylised representation of the derby scoreline rendered in red and blue.

So here it is ladies and gentlemen, as promised. My ode to the great @DivockOrigi. pic.twitter.com/Lc3s9GAbi0

What a tasteful way to mark a flukey win over a team that hasn't claimed a league win at your side's ground in almost 20 years.

Of course, you don't have to go far to find other examples of questionable football-themed fan tattoos.

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Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp taught a journalist how to pronounce the name former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hassenhuttl after he was linked with the Southampton vacancy.
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Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager.

Mark Hughes was dismissed following the 2-2 draw against Manchester United, which left the club in 18th place in the Premier League, and Hasenhuttl will officially begin the role on Thursday, the day after Southampton's clash at Tottenham.

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger said as the club announced the appointment of the former RB Leipzig boss that he felt the Austrian was the right fit to bring the club forward.

"The urgency to find a path back to our potential and to the results that we expect cannot be underestimated," Krueger said. "For that reason, we are extremely pleased that Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed to become our new manager and do all he can to help guide us back on that path.

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"This manager change offers us a fresh start and, very quickly, Ralph emerged as our ideal candidate. As a coach, he embodies the passion, structure, communication skill set, work ethic and appetite for growth that we strive for in our Southampton Way. The quick, smooth and seamless negotiation process underlines the character of the person that he is.

"We have been aware of Ralph since his days at FC Ingolstadt, where he showed the qualities that we believe we need at the club. He has since gone on to develop those attributes with a track-record of success in the Bundesliga and with a progressive and ambitious club in RB Leipzig.

"As soon as we met, Ralph's enthusiasm for football was contagious and his hunger to take on a new and challenging job in the Premier League was evident. In our discussions, he very quickly aligned himself with the values and the vision of the club.

"Southampton Football Club's past success was built on a clear identity. The foundation of this identity was a focus on developing players, whether from within our academy or after joining from other clubs. Ralph's ability to teach the game and to develop talent is evident in his past and is a centrepiece of why he is the perfect choice to be the new Saints manager."

Introducing your new #SaintsFC First Team Manager...Welcome, Ralph Hasenhüttl!

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