Contrary to the hard earned win at Vicarage Road last Monday, Liverpool were unable to avert an unfortunate slip to their top 4 race as the Saints ensured a 0-0 score line at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Southampton seated back in the first half, inviting Liverpool to a defense that looked calm and collected whilst forcing the Reds to use the flanks in most of the attacks of the half.
Doubtful Coutinho started for the Klopp’s side and there was little the Brazilian could do to break the composed defense that lacked Virgil Van Dijk, a power house of the Saints’ defense earlier in the season and a summer target for Liverpool according to reports.
Liverpool picked up from where they started at the break and this time, the Saints were a little flexible pushing on the attack. Nathan Redmond and Shayne Long were introduced to beef the attack, but it was Liverpool’s attack that led to a Jack Stephens handball in the 18, and referee Madley pointed at the spot.
Fraiser Forster stopped James Milner’s spot kick in the 65th minute denying Liverpool a lead and ending Milner’s 7 straight run of successful penalty takes this season.
Liverpool subs Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana were all on target but their tries were not clinical enough to pass through the Saints goal post. In all, Liverpool recorded 8 shots on target while the Claude Puel’s men couldn’t force Simon Mignolet to a single save.
The Reds have not earned 3 points in any EPL game against the St. Mary side since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in October 2015. The saints have also debarred Liverpool from scoring a goal against them this season.
Liverpool are now 3rd on the log with a point difference from 4th place City who have a game at hand. United will be hoping to take advantage by beating Arsenal at the Emirates later on Sunday evening.