Liverpool must win last two games, says Milner

The Reds were unable to put more daylight between themselves and top-four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United after a goalless draw with Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool were on the hunt for a Champions League berth while Southampton will be wanted to get back to winning ways after two losses and a draw, and they would need to be on top form if they were to get a result in Merseyside.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner's first missed penalty in more than seven years cost his side victory at home to Southampton.

The experienced player shouldered responsibility for a setback that left Liverpool's Champions League qualification prospects out of their hands during a post-match interview but Klopp refused to be so harsh.

'We will be in Europe, but the Champions League is where everyone wants to play.

'They got two yellow cards and with the delay, for us to have only four minutes additional time is ambitious.

"We've talked about whether they need a Plan B. But maybe actually they need to improve on Plan A because they've stopped doing something".

Forster also tipped substitute Marko Grujic's late header over, leaving Liverpool third in the table on 70 points, a point clear of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

"I've been around long enough not to let that affect me", Milner said of Forster's antics.

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"WHAT unites us is greater than what divides us", read a banner in the Kop prior to the match between Liverpool and Southampton, and there was nothing to divide these two teams after 90 minutes.

"I don't know if he went early or not but he is a big lad and he has seen me take a lot of penalties when we have been taking them with England at the Euros". From the few chances Liverpool were able to muster they never really looked like beating Fraser Forster.

Klopp didn't make any changes at half-time and frustration in the ground was growing as things didn't get better following the restart, until the Reds won a penalty following a handball from youngster Jack Stephens, who threw his elbow in the air and caught the ball following a cross from Lucas Leiva.

His penalty was saved at the foot of the right hand side by an outstretched Forster, symptomatic of both Liverpool and Milner's performance on the day.

"How would we feel if we miss out?"

"Some people will say everyone will play like this but they will not".

"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.

'You could see passes wondering why they were doing that'.

  • Lawrence Cooper