Liverpool left their Champions League capability trusts to be decided as James Milner had a moment half punishment spared in a forgettable 0-0 draw against Southampton at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side did little to inconvenience an abundantly supplied and very much bored Saints barrier until Jack Stephens was punished for handball in the 64th moment.Milner headed into the match having changed over seven spot-kicks from seven this season, yet he was not able protect his ideal record as Fraser Forster spared splendidly.
The generally uneventful stalemate edged Liverpool up to third with two diversions to play, yet Manchester City are one point falling behind financially with an amusement close by.
Manchester United were five focuses more regrettable off in fifth before confronting Arsenal later on Sunday, the first of four outstanding group recreations for Jose Mourinho’s men this term – significance Liverpool’s main four destiny was, in any event briefly, out of their hands.
Southampton climbed to tenth, in front of Bournemouth and West Ham on objective contrast, with their supervisor Claude Puel amplifying an unbeaten vocation record against Liverpool to six matches.
Forster accumulated a Georginio Wijnaldum header and Roberto Firmino had a shot hindered by Maya Yoshida as the Liverpool assault examined at a profound lying Southampton barrier amid the opening stages.
Philippe Coutinho – fit to begin in the wake of supporting a dead leg at Watford last time out – penetrated a stinging strike at the Southampton guardian, yet seeing Klopp irately spilling water on himself after Lucas Leiva was punished for a foul on Dusan Tadic added up to the most engaging activity as the half-hour stamp passed.
Liverpool were not able transform their predominance of ownership into anything moving toward a reasonable possibility as Southampton completed the half without enlisting a solitary shot.That remained the case as the hour go, with Liverpool giving minimal more motivation until Stephens took care of when the ball circled up off Divock Origi.
Ref Robert Madley had little faltering in indicating the spot and Southampton had Cedric Soares and James Ward-Prowse reserved for difference and postponing the punishment separately, while Forster tried to impart a couple of contemplations to Milner.
Those words apparently paid profits as the England universal sprung splendidly on his right side to spare a well-struck kick – Milner’s first unsuccessful Premier League punishment for seven and a half years.
Klopp reacted by sending on Daniel Sturridge and ex-Saints most loved Adam Lallana looking for gravely inadequate with regards to motivation, however, on an evening of valuable little support from open play, it was difficult to get away from the sense their best open door had passed.
The two substitutes consolidated in the 79th moment, with Sturridge splendidly shimmying past Stephens, however he was not able direct his shot sufficiently far from the continually forcing Forster.In Sturridge, Liverpool in any event had a powerful assaulting point of convergence and the England striker twisted a low shot against the back stanchion.
Another Reds substitution, the to a great extent overlooked Marko Grujic, practically grabbed the focuses with a damage time header, however – to finish up a topic – Forster spared splendidly.