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Liverpool v Southampton - story of the match

Liverpool surrendered their advantage in the race for Champions League football once again after drawing 0-0 with bogey side Southampton at Anfield - the fourth time they have failed to score against the Saints this season.

With James Milner's penalty being saved by Fraser Forster in the 66th minute, his first spot-kick failure in more than seven years, the Saints proved as adept at denying their opponents a goal as they had done in their home Premier League encounter and the two-legged EFL Cup semi-final in January.

Liverpool's goal drought against the south-coast club now stands at 428 minutes since Daniel Sturridge scored in the 22nd minute of a 3-2 defeat at St Mary's in March last year.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Here come Lallana and Sturridge. No idea why Klopp has waited so long. #LFC" - James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo (@JamesPearceEcho) on Reds boss Jurgen Klopp's double substitution with just over 20 minutes to go.

STAR MAN

Fraser Forster.

In a game that generally disappointed as a spectacle, Southampton's England goalkeeper produced the stand-out moment of quality when he dived to his right and palmed away Milner's effort from 12 yards. He also did well to tip over a late Marko Grujic header. Saints centre-backs Jack Stephens - despite giving away the penalty with a handball - and Maya Yoshida impressed as well.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Forster's penalty save. It was interesting to note Forster standing by Milner and speaking to him just prior to the spot-kick being taken. If it was an attempt to intimidate the Liverpool man, it seems it may have worked.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

As well as being frustrated at his side's performance in this match, Klopp will perhaps wonder what might have been had he introduced Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana sooner than the 69th minute - the hosts looked far more threatening once they were on. Opposite number Claude Puel will no doubt be happy with a point earned after his team produced a display that was low on entertainment but very commendable in terms of defensive organisation.

RATINGS

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet: 6

Nathaniel Clyne: 6

Dejan Lovren: 6

Joel Matip: 6

James Milner: 5

Lucas Leiva: 6

Georginio Wijnaldum: 5

Emre Can: 5

Roberto Firmino: 5

Philippe Coutinho: 6

Divock Origi: 5

Subs

Adam Lallana (for Lucas, 69 mins): 7

Daniel Sturridge (for Origi, 69): 7

Marko Grujic (for Wijnaldum, 87): 6

Southampton

Fraser Forster: 8

Cedric Soares: 6

Jack Stephens: 7

Maya Yoshida: 8

Ryan Bertrand: 6

James Ward-Prowse: 6

Oriol Romeu: 7

Steven Davis: 7

Dusan Tadic: 6

Sofiane Boufal: 5

Manolo Gabbiadini: 5

Subs

Nathan Redmond (for Boufal, 60): 6

Shane Long (for Gabbiadini, 69): 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

West Ham v Liverpool (Premier League, May 14)

Southampton v Arsenal (Premier League, May 10)

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