Liverpool failed to beat Southampton for an incredible fourth time this season, leaving Champions League prospects balancing on a knife edge.
Southampton followed their blueprint from their previous victories in the League Cup, with their effective strategy of sitting deep and stifling Liverpool.
Milner, who had not missed from the spot in the league since November 2009, saw his effort saved by Forster who dived low to his right. Moments earlier Foster approached Milner and attempted to place the ball on the spot – and the tactic seemed to work.
There was a big surprise with Lallana and Sturridge being both left out of the starting line-up. Lallana more-so, having been so effective after coming on for Coutinho against Watford earlier in the week.
Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Wijnaldum, Lucas, Can; Coutinho, Origi, Firmino.
- Glorious sunshine in Liverpool today and the Anfield faithful were in full force to motivate and inspire.
- It was a terrible spectacle for the supporters inside Anfield.
- Many fans questioned was that the worst first half witnessed at Anfield.
- James Milner missed a second-half penalty.
- Fraser Forster’s attempt to put James Milner off his stride prior to the penalty clearly worked!
- Liverpool rarely tested Saints keeper Fraser Forster.
- Southampton failed to get even one effort on target.
- With Sturridge and Lallana able to change the dynamic of the team from the bench, early changes were called for.
- However Klopp left it until the 69th minute before bringing on Sturridge and Lallana.
- Forster kept his concentration right up until the final few minutes of the game when he reacted brilliantly to tip over substitute Grujic’s header.
“I thought our performance was good enough to win. Southampton wanted to come here and somehow get a point, or more – I’m fine with defending.”
“They did not create anything and we had a hard job to do. To play against 10 deep defending Southampton players is very difficult. We could have scored, that would have opened them up a bit. It is a point more, but it doesn’t feel like that.”
“It is not finished yet. We all have to play our games. We go to West Ham and try to win, and that’s all we can do. We try everything and we do not stop.”
What next for Liverpool
Salvation came in the form of a 2-0 win for Arsenal against Man Utd, meaning we are now third in the Premier League table. This means that we are in the driving seat for qualifying for the Champions League.
At the moment we are one point ahead of 4th-placed Man City (One game in hand), five ahead of fifth-placed Man Utd (one game in hand) and seven ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal (two games in hand).
Put simply, we win both our games and we will finish in the top four and Champions football next season. Our final two games are West Ham away on 14th May, then the final game of the season on 21st May at Anfield against Middlesbrough.