Liverpool suffer Champions League blow in draw with Southampton

by Leon Thompson May 10, 2017, 3:29
Liverpool suffer Champions League blow in draw with Southampton

Although the point lifted Liverpool into third it left them susceptible to being caught by fifth-placed United, who kicked off later in the day five points behind with two matches in hand, but a 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium puts the Merseysiders' destiny back in their own hands.

Liverpool were well aware that three wins from their remaining three matches would secure them a top-four spot and a place in Champions League next season.

Asked by Sky Sports News how being pipped at the post would feel, Milner simply said: "Sick".

Liverpool has played Southampton four times this season - twice in the league and in the two-legged League Cup semifinals - and didn't manage to score in any of the games. That is disappointing and we know it is an area we need to improve.

Six points from the final two games of the season is a daunting task but one this group of players should be capable of achieving. James Milner, a versatile player who can fit in on the wing, midfielder and the back line if needs be, maintains that the Reds must continue to push on and fight for a top four finish, in spite of all the injury setbacks.

Klopp responded by sending on Daniel Sturridge and ex-Saints favourite Adam Lallana in search of badly lacking inspiration, but, on an afternoon of precious little encouragement from open play, it was hard to escape the sense the team's best opportunity had passed.

"They are also in a positive season-finishing mood - no pressure any more - and they will try to get results somehow".

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This is a phase where we have to win every game, which we know. "We didn't deserve to lose", he said . After the defeat, Mourinho said: "It's impossible to finish in the top four".

Milner took responsibility for Sunday's goalless draw having been denied from the penalty spot in the second half by Southampton's goalkeeper, Forster.

"I've been around long enough to make sure that [pre-penalty chat] doesn't worry me".

If anything, though, Southampton offered more threat after the break and were starting to trouble Liverpool from set pieces but shortly after the hour mark, Liverpool were gifted a penalty.

Klopp said the "really dry" Anfield pitch was partially to blame for the drab draw. It was very costly and I have to hold my hands up.

Speaking in the aftermath of Sunday's game, Milner told the press: "How would we feel if we miss out?"

"It's not flawless, but it keeps us still on track and that's the most important information", the manager told following the stalemate with Southampton. We stuck to the task well, we committed a good amount of numbers forward without stretching ourselves and leaving the boys one on one at the back. "It is only a mental issue if you think it is one".

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