James Milner penalty miss costs Liverpool in Southampton stalemate

Liverpool reclaimed third place in the Premier League but there was no cause for celebration on the final whistle at Anfield. James Milner sank to his haunches as he reflected on a potentially costly penalty miss while Jürgen Klopp offered consoling pats on the back to his players. The Champions League remains in sight, but Liverpool are scrambling towards the line.

Southampton emerged unscathed from a confrontation with Klopp’s team for the fourth time this season thanks to a composed defensive display and valuable contributions from Fraser Forster. The England goalkeeper produced a fine save to deny Milner from the penalty spot in the second half but, in truth, victory would have flattered a laboured Liverpool performance. Two points from the last nine available at Anfield has ensured their pursuit of a top four finish will not be a comfortable ride.

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