Liverpool wasted a huge chance to go further ahead of Manchester United in the race to secure Champions League qualification.

James Milner had a second half penalty saved by Fraser Forster to waste the opportunity to put his side one-nil up in a game which was absolutely pivotal in the context of the top four.

The game took on a familiar patter, with Southampton adopting a low block in a bid to frustrate Liverpool. When you consider that the Reds had 600 passes and 65% possession in comparison to the Saints 35% and 318%, it makes you wonder what Liverpool need to do in order to break down teams that do nothing other than defend. Claude Puel’s side had four shots all game and not one on target.

But the issue is not with the stance opposition team’s adopt, rather the lack of a real response from the Liverpool players. The likes of Firmino, Coutinho and Origi failed to step up when it really counted and in just two weeks time, it could cost them big time.

 
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Despite only picking up one point from the game, Liverpool went back into third ahead of Manchester City. This means little when you consider the former has played a game more and has an inferior goal difference after the City thumped Crystal Palace 5-0 on Saturday.

Klopp will no doubt be looking to bounce back from the defeat but there is little for him to do other than prepare his side for a tricky trip to the London Stadium to play West Ham United.

Failing to secure all three points is less than ideal, to say the least, but all is not lost with Arsenal and Manchester United about to lock horns.

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