Liverpool’s previous Anfield outing ended in a disastrous 2-1 defeat against relegation strugglers Crystal Palace.
The Reds, however, registered a crucial away win last week against Watford and their Sunday afternoon clash against Southampton had a massive influence in their ‘top-four’ hopes. The Anfield crowd were tensed, so was Jurgen Klopp who had no option but to grab another three points in order to get closer to Champions League football. But their dream takes another massive stumble as the Reds failed to beat the Saints yet again at Anfield. The game ended in a goalless draw.
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First half was eventless and the Saints showed their defensive resilience lying deep and pulling off blocks and tackles time and again. Liverpool lacked creativity upfront and the likes of Maya Yoshida, Oriol Romeu and Jack Stephens impressed with their defensive composure.
It was all Fraser Forster show in second half. Jack Stephens was penalized for pulling Divock Origi’s shirt in the box and referee Boby Madley did not hesitate to point at the spot. James Milner, who converted all spot-kicks this season, failed to beat the big Englishman Forster who pulled off a massive diving save. The Reds came close yet again in added time but substitute Marko Grujic’s thumping header was spectacularly denied by Forster. The game ended in a goalless draw and the Reds jeopardize their top four hopes yet again ahead of their tricky away fixture against West Ham United.
Liverpool vs Southampton Lineups:
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Lucas Leiva (Adam Lallana 68′), Georginio Wijnaldum (Marko Grujic 86′), Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi (Daniel Sturridge 68′).
Southampton: Fraser Forster, Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand, Steven Davis, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal (Nathan Redmond 60′), Dusan Tadic, Manolo Gabbiadini (Shane Long 68′).
Liverpool vs Southampton Highlights:
Liverpool vs Southampton Match Stats:
|Shots on target||8||0|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||9(1)||4(3)|