James Milner missed a second-half chastisement as Liverpool’s hopes of securing a Premier League top-four mark suffered a blip in a goalless pull opposite Southampton.
It was a terrible philharmonic for a supporters inside Anfield. Liverpool frequency tested Saints screw Fraser Forster, bar a chastisement and Marko Grujic’s header late in a game. The visitors, meanwhile, unsuccessful to settlement even one bid on target.
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Liverpool underwhelm in essential period
It was dire. Truly dire. Was a initial half of this compare a misfortune seen in a Premier League this season?
The home sections during Anfield contingency have suspicion they were in for a provide – a object was resplendent and they knew their group had to take a diversion to Southampton with a Champions League mark during stake.
But instead of a encircle on Forster’s goal, what they witnessed during that opening duration were their players fasten a Saints on a beach.
The initial 45 mins were delayed and ponderous, and a usually exertions by a Southampton screw were 3 really gentle saves.
The second half followed a identical settlement adult until a penalty, that was a scold preference by arbitrate Bobby Madley with a Stephens’ arm relocating adult to pull a round away.
However, Milner – who final missed a Premier League chastisement personification for Aston Villa opposite Bolton – saw his bid saved by Forster. Was he put off his walk by a screw opposed him moments earlier?
Forster kept his thoroughness right adult until a final few mins of a diversion when he reacted brilliantly to tip over surrogate Grujic’s header.
The Reds have now played Southampton 4 times this deteriorate and unsuccessful to measure opposite them.
Saints play on a behind feet though get a point
It had been suggested that some players had turn artificial with his character of management.
Their Premier League standing was usually finished secure with Hull’s improved on Saturday, and they came into a compare on a behind of dual defeats and a draw.
At Anfield, a group contingency have wearied their travelling fans into submission.
The striking above shows that they mostly sat in their possess half for a opening 45 minutes, and for a initial time given they returned to a tip moody in 2012 they unsuccessful to have a singular bid in a initial half of a match. An pointed strike by Nathan Redmond in a second half was a closest they came to scoring – nonetheless it was a few yards wide.
Having been spoilt for party when their group was managed by Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino, some Southampton fans contingency be wondering what form of football awaits them subsequent deteriorate if Puel stays.
Man of a compare – Fraser Forster (Southampton)
‘Southampton did not emanate anything’
Liverpool trainer Jurgen Klopp: “I suspicion a opening was good adequate to win. Southampton wanted to come here and somehow get a point, or some-more – I’m excellent with defending.
“They did not emanate anything and we had a tough pursuit to do. To play opposite 10 low fortifying Southampton players is really difficult. We could have scored, that would have non-stop them adult a bit. It is a indicate more, though it doesn’t feel like that.
“It is not finished yet. We all have to play a games. We go to West Ham and try to win, and that’s all we can do. We try all and we do not stop.”
Saints manager Claude Puel: “I consider it was a illusory pursuit for us. We shielded really good and with peculiarity and good organisation.
“Perhaps we could have finished improved with a counter-attack, though we showed good energy, suggestion and organisation.
“It was formidable for them to come into a box and for me it was a oppressive chastisement and a good save. It was a deserved point.”
Forster: ‘Liverpool’s nemesis’ – a stats
- Liverpool have drawn 0-0 home and divided opposite a same competition in a Premier League deteriorate for a initial time given 2008-09 opposite Stoke.
- The Reds had 32 shots in a joining matches though scoring opposite a Saints this season.
- Jurgen Klopp has never beaten Southampton in a Premier League (D3 L1) – indeed, he has now faced them some-more than any other competition though winning.
- Forster saved his initial Premier League chastisement – Milner’s bid was a ninth he’d faced.
- Forster was a initial antithesis goalkeeper to save a joining chastisement during Anfield given Rob Green stopped Steven Gerrard’s bid for QPR in May 2015.
- Indeed, usually Vito Mannone (13 for Sunderland in January) has finished some-more saves opposite Liverpool in a Premier League diversion this deteriorate than Forster (eight).
- Only Hull (12) have conceded some-more Premier League penalties this deteriorate than Southampton (nine).
- The Saints unsuccessful to have a singular shot on aim in possibly Premier League diversion opposite Liverpool this season.
The Reds are during West Ham subsequent Sunday (14:15 BST) and a Saints are during St Mary’s on Wednesday to face Arsenal (19:45 BST).
Match ends, Liverpool 0, Southampton 0.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Southampton 0.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) is shown a yellow card.
Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outward a box is blocked.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fraser Forster.
Attempt saved. Marko Grujic (Liverpool) header from a centre of a box is saved in a tip centre of a goal. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outward a box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) is shown a yellow label for palm ball.
Hand round by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).
Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from outward a box misses to a left. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.
Marko Grujic (Liverpool) wins a giveaway flog on a right wing.
Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).
Substitution, Liverpool. Marko Grujic replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from a left side of a box is blocked. Assisted by Cédric Soares with a cross.
Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from outward a box is saved in a bottom left corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by James Milner.
Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outward a box is close, though misses to a right. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jack Stephens.
Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from a centre of a box is saved in a centre of a goal. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from outward a box is saved in a centre of a goal. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.
Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outward a box is blocked. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.
Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from a right side of a box is high and far-reaching to a right following a set square situation.
Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a giveaway flog in a aggressive half.
Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).
Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.
Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from a centre of a box misses to a left. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cranky following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by James Milner.
Attempt missed. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) right footed shot from outward a box misses to a left.
Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Divock Origi.
Substitution, Liverpool. Adam Lallana replaces Lucas Leiva.
Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Manolo Gabbiadini.
Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).
Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.
Penalty saved! James Milner (Liverpool) fails to gain on this good opportunity, right footed shot saved in a bottom left corner.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is shown a yellow card.
Cédric Soares (Southampton) is shown a yellow card.
Penalty conceded by Jack Stephens (Southampton) with a palm round in a chastisement area.
Offside, Southampton. Ryan Bertrand tries a by ball, though Manolo Gabbiadini is held offside.