LIVERPOOL (AFP) – Liverpool s James Milner missed a punishment as his side squandered an opportunity to support their offered to meet all requirements for the Champions League in a sub-par 0-0 draw with Southampton on Sunday.
With adversaries Arsenal and Manchester United conflicting in Sunday s late commence, Jurgen Klopp s group had a brilliant chance to grab the activity in the race for a main four wrap up.
Be that as it may, the Reds never escaped first rigging at Anfield in a frightful challenge best associated with Fraser Forster s splendid punishment spare from Liverpool captain Milner.
It was Milner s initially missed punishment since November 2009, when he was playing for Aston Villa against Bolton, and it summed up the inclination this would not be Liverpool s day.
Liverpool moved above Manchester City into third place, yet they will trust fifth-put United neglect to close the hole with a win at Arsenal.
Philippe Coutinho begun regardless of agony a dead leg against Watford a week ago yet he had little effect amid a match where no one in a red shirt emerged.
Liverpool had neglected to score against Southampton in their three past experiences this season, once in the Premier League and in both legs of their League Cup semi-last tie, and the opening phases of this amusement contained almost no assaulting aspiration from either side.
Truth be told, this match promoted the possibility that Liverpool battle against Premier League sides of a lesser bore, particularly those groups that hope to do little else however stick on for a point, as Southampton accomplished for a large portion of this match.
In the opening 45 minutes, the home side had the lion s share of ownership yet they did next to no with it as Southampton sat profound and were glad to contain any semblance of Divock Origi, Emre Can and Roberto Firmino.
Firmino had the main genuine exertion of note following 15 minutes, shooting a shot directly at Maya Yoshida and Anfield soon moved toward becoming as stale and as level as the challenge itself.
The match turned out to be progressively bad tempered as Liverpool became baffled by their failure to separate the restrained guests.
Quickly after the interim, Sofiane Boufal had the guests first exertion, spilling through a pressed six-yard box however his manageable exertion was effortlessly covered finally by Liverpool s resistance.
The half-time break had done couple of favors for either side however as Liverpool stayed dull and Southampton were glad to make history nine men behind the ball and focus on guard no matter what.
Firmino s deceit couldn’t open Southampton s back-four while Origi and Coutinho remained for all intents and purposes mysterious amid an event when Liverpool truly required them taking care of business.
At long last however, Liverpool got the open door they expected to rebuff Southampton as Jack Stephens elbowed away the ball inside the territory in the wake of testing Origi.
It was all around spotted by ref Bobby Madley and in spite of the fact that Milner s spot-kick was ideal in the corner, Forster did well to get down and palm the exertion away.
The enthusiastic way Southampton s players praised the fine spare was likewise a marker of that they were so urgent to hang on for a point.
Klopp brought Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana on with 20 minutes to go in an offered to give Liverpool a start.
In any case, the Liverpool manager turned out to be progressively anxious and furious on the sideline.
Sturridge could have lifted the state of mind when 12 yards out yet he jabbed an exertion directly at Forster.
Lallana then had his own particular 20-yard exertion spared by Forster with five minutes left before the Southampton attendant made another staggering recovery in stoppage-time, tipping over a Marko Grujic header to help the guests hold tight.