After yet another disappointing draw against average opposition at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp expressed his frustration having watched his side make it 360 minutes without scoring against Southampton all season. The German manager told the club website after the game:
“We were close, but in the end we couldn’t get the three points and that’s how it is. As everyone could see, it was a difficult game, Southampton played in a specific way. A lot of people might say that everybody will now play here like this, but it will not be like this and if it is, we have solutions.
“In the end, it’s all about finishing or scoring one and we couldn’t do this. It made life not easy in the game. We tried until the end, but today was one of those days. Now we have only one point more, we wanted to have three points more, but it’s not the end of the world.”
James Milner missed a penalty up against Fraser Forster in the best chance of the game as the Reds could not earn more than a point despite needing as many points as possible to assure Champions League qualification. Manchester United’s defeat at Arsenal means that their fate is once again in their own hands.
The club’s vice-captain Milner has also revealed how he feels playing on the left side of defence, having featured in that position since August when he first filled the role in a defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor. The experienced former Manchester City man told Sky Sports
“It’s the first time I’ve played it in the Premier League and it’s not like getting to learn it on a Sunday with your mates. It’s a big change but I’ve always tried to learn throughout my career and I’ve played a lot of positions anyway, so it’s just trying to do the job as well as you can. But it’s about whatever is best for the team. Ultimately I just want to be out there playing games and contributing.”
It is clear that Milner is not a long term solution to the problem position and Jurgen Klopp clearly does not trust Alberto Moreno to play in the role regularly, so it would seem likely that the club will be actively looking for a left-back in this summer’s transfer window to compete with Milner.