Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Liverpool suffer Champions League blow in draw with Southampton

Liverpool were frustrated by Southampton in a fiercely-contested Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon that ended goalless after James Milner missed a second half penalty.

Liverpool's goal drought against the south-coast club now stands at 428 minutes since Daniel Sturridge scored in the 22nd minute of a 3-2 defeat at St Mary's in March previous year.

The Gunners are now just two points below fifth-place United and has games in hand on both Manchester teams. 'Fraser is a top keeper but you have to take those chances.

Saints certainly know Liverpool well now after three meetings already in this campaign, with two wins in the EFL Cup and a draw in the Premier League favouring Puel's men.

"It's important to keep the good focus against this team but we can play a fantastic game since the beginning of the season and get fantastic results also". 'The penalty was a big chance and we didn't take it.

"It was fantastic work from the squad because we defended very well with good structure, good organisation, good discipline and it's a good reward".

In a game that generally disappointed as a spectacle, Southampton's England goalkeeper produced the stand-out moment of quality when he dived to his right and palmed away Milner's effort from 12 yards.

Southampton also started to attack late on, with substitute Nathan Redmond looking risky down the left flank. Saints centre-backs Jack Stephens - despite giving away the penalty with a handball - and Maya Yoshida impressed as well.

Forster engaged in some gamesmanship before the penalty kick, talking in the ear of Milner and stamping near the penalty spot. "To play against 10 deep defending Southampton players is very is a point more but doesn't feel like that".

This was the final straw for Klopp, who reacted by bringing on Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana to try and find a desperately needed goal. Substitutes: Nathan Redmond (for Boufal, 60): 6, Shane Long (for Gabbiadini, 69): 6.

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