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Summary

  1. Forster makes superb save from Milner penalty after Stephens handball
  2. Southampton did not have shot on target
  3. Liverpool move up to third with a point
  4. Get Involved - Acts of footballing generosity #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

In, out, in, out. Liverpool's Champions League's destiny is back out of their control.

If Manchester City and Manchester United both win their remaining games - and like I said earlier, that's a big if - then the Reds will finish out of the top four. Again.

See if Manchester United can jump the first hurdle in their trip to Arsenal. It is happening right now!

Laterz.

Stats of the day

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  • Liverpool have drawn 0-0 home and away against the same opponent in a Premier League season for the first time since 2008/09 against Stoke
  • The Reds had 32 shots without scoring against the Saints this season – only Hull against Sunderland (33) have had more without scoring
  • Jurgen Klopp has never beaten Southampton in the Premier League (D3 L1) – indeed, he has now faced them more than any other opponent without winning
  • James Milner failed to score a Premier League penalty for the first time since November 2009 (for Aston Villa against Bolton). He had scored his previous 11 in a row
  • Fraser Forster saved his first Premier League penalty – Milner’s effort was the ninth he had faced

Saints' run-in

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Wed 10 May: Arsenal (H)

Sat 13 May: Middlesbrough (A)

Wed 17 May: Manchester United (H)

Sun 21 May: Stoke City (H)

Liverpool's run-in

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Sun 14 May: West Ham United (A)

Sun 21 May: Middlesbrough (H)

We will keep fighting - Klopp

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to BBC Sport: "We will keep on fighting. We wish we had 72 points but we have one more than we did.  Everyone worked hard for three points. It's important we didn't conceded a goal. We defended the counter attacks much better and we could have been more creative in moments. 

"There are always a lot of explanations for not scoring. We defended well. I thought the amtosphere was absolutely brilliant."

I was due a penalty save - Forster

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Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, speaking to BBC Sport: "It's nice to save a penalty. I was probably due a penalty save because I've conceded a few this season. You need that bit of luck."

Did you get into James Milner's mind before he took it?

"No, I don’t think so. He is obviously a world-class player and has a fantastic track record.

"We knew coming here it was important we stayed as competitive as we could and we tried to hit them on counter but couldn’t score."

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Liverpool managed 17 pot-shots at the Saints goal, with eight of them (shown by the green arrows) hitting the target.

But, as our graphic below shows, most of them were from long range. Fraser Forster was not really stretched into a save other than the impressive penalty stop from James Milner.

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Saints manager Claude Puel: "I think it was a fantastic job for us. We defended very well and with quality and good organisation. 

"Perhaps we could have done better with the counter attack, but we showed good energy, spirit  and organisation.

"It was difficult for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It was a deserved point."

Top four not over yet - Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports: "I thought our performance was good enough to win. Southampton  wanted to come here and somehow get a point, or more, and I'm fine with defending. 

"They did not create anything and we had a hard job to do. To play against 10 deep defending Southampton players is very difficult. We could have scored, that would have opened them up a bit. it is a point more but doesn't feel like that.

"It is not finished yet. We all have to play our games. We go to West Ham and try to win and that's all we can do. We try everything and we do not stop."

On James Milner's penalty miss: "He should not blame himself - that is football. Him scoring would have helped of course but that is not the only decisive thing today."

We came up with a plan - Forster

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Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was alwaysgoing to be a hard game and we defended for best part of 90 minutes. It's fantastic to hang on. 

"I had a little chat before the game with Stuart Taylor [team-mate] and came up with a little plan [about penalties]. Fortunately it went my way. 

"I was obviously at Newcastle with James. He is a fantastic penalty taker and his record speaks for itself. Luckily it went my way.

"We wanted to be as competitive as we could as a team and make it hard for Liverpool."

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Here's a great one for you stat fans...

Liverpool have played Southampton four times this season.

Liverpool have not scored against Southampton this season.

Forster did not put me off - Milner

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Liverpool defender James Milner, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's very frustrating. Obviously the penalty is my fault and the fact we didn't get three points is definitely my fault. I have to live with that. Fraser is a top keeper. You have to take those chances."

What did Fraser Forster say to you before the penalty?

"I've been around long enough to make sure that doesn’t worry me. I can't do any more than hold my hands up. Southampton are a tough team to break down. We didn't play as well as we would have liked. 

"The penalty was a big chance and we didn’t take it. We have to win our remaining two games and see if it's good enough."

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David Thompson

Former Liverpool midfielder on BBC Radio Merseyside

It was disappointing for Liverpool but sometimes you've got to respect the opposition and say well done to them.

Southampton had a game plan and they stuck to it. Liverpool lacked creativity and they've lacked it all season when they've faced a team like this. They don't have the capacity on the bench to mix it up.

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Southampton did not contribute anything in an attacking sense today, but boy did they defend.

Despite not managing a single shot on target, Saints earned a point which lifts them into the top half.

My fault we didn't win - Milner

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James Milner is immediately collared by the television interviewers in the Anfield tunnel, and the amiable Yorkshireman, of course, obliges despite having a miserable afternoon..

I'd have been tempted to sneak down another corridor and avoid them.

"It's my fault we didn't get three points. And I have to live it," he says.

Full quotes on the way.

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Here's why Liverpool have to rely on others now - starting with Arsenal in about 35 minutes time.

Because if Manchester City and Manchester United win all of their remaining matches - and that is a big 'if' - then Liverpool cannot finish in the top four,

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Reds skipper Milner shakes his head as he claps the Kop before heading down the Anfield tunnel.

His penalty miss means Liverpool's Champions League fate is out of their hands now.

FULL-TIME

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All over! You can virtually hear a pin drop inside Anfield. James Milner drops to his haunches in disappointment.

Milner reacts to Liverpool's draw
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Phil Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both try to wriggle through the centre of the Saints defence. No dice.

Less than a minute for Saints to see out...

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Liverpool are camped in the Saints half.

INJURY TIME

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Liverpool almost get it! Sub Marko Grujic, who came on a few moments ago, sticks his head on James Milner's teasing cross...but guess who is there? Yep, Fraser Forster. 

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Liverpool need time and they have four more minutes to nab a winner...

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Now or never for Liverpool.

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Ooooh! Dusan Tadic scampers after a hoof forward, Simon Mignolet has a rush of blood to the head and races out to meet the ball.

The Reds keeper wins it before Tadic - but did he handle it outside the box?? I think he did. The officials didn't spot it. Lucky boy.

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Emre Can shoots, Liverpool think they should have a corner, Bobby Madley disagrees, Jurgen Klopp goes loco.

That's everything you need to know about that incident.

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Liverpool knocking the ball around in the Saints half. The visitors look unruffled.

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Final five. Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will rubbing their hands together in glee somewhere in the bowels of the Emirates.

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If Liverpool's attacking play was as slick as Adam Lallana's hair then they would be 8-0 up.

The Reds sub has a pop with a left-foot shot from 25 yards but, again, Fraser Forster is not troubled. Easy save.

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Another attack breaks down for Liverpool, Adam Lallana unable to make a great deal of Daniel Sturridge's pass.

Jurgen Klopp looks a tad worried. His hand covering his mouth is a giveaway sign.

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Tick tock. Time running out for Liverpool. Into the final 10 minutes.

They are still on course to move back into third place...

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Liverpool had better be careful not to leave the back door open. Saints offer a warning sign as they counter quickly, Dusan Tadic picking up a long ball on the left but his pass towards Shane Long is too strong.

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James Milner looks to atone for that earlier penalty miss. He drives into the left side of the Saints area, only for Jack Stephens - who has been excellent - to be alert and cut out the cross.

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Better. We know from his goal celebrations that Daniel Sturridge can move those hips. He does that with the ball at his feet, jinking into the Saints box. However he has to stretch to shoot before it reaches Maya Yoshida and the effort is again gathered by Fraser Forster.

Sturridge looks on
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"Li-ver-pool, Li-ver-pooool!"

The home fans find their voice - now their side must respond and find a winner.

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Who is going to unlock this sturdy Saints defence? Anyone? Phil Coutinho would be a decent bet and the Brazilian has a dig from 25 yards. But his curling effort is scooped up easily by Fraser Forster.

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Into the final 15 minutes. Liverpool still huffing and puffing...

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Saints have had a shot! Nathan Redmond's eyes light up as a ball bounces nicely into his path on the right side of the Reds box, but the angle is too tight and he hammers high into the Anfield Road stand.

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Shrizzle: Southampton most be laughing at us! Selling their guys to us on a premium and making us suffocate!

David Nicholson Hirst: I do think Liverpool have some average players, Klopp has performed miracles getting them near Champion league football 

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Less than 20 minutes for Liverpool to find a breakthrough. Remember: if they win all of their final three games they are assured of Champions League football next season. 

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SUBSTITUTIONS

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Here come the big guns...

Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge come on to the pitch - to great acclaim from the edgy home fans. Off go Divock Origi and Lucas.

Meanwhile, Saints also make another switch. Shane Long, who will run more than an eager cockerspaniel, provides fresh legs as Manolo Gabbiadini goes off.

Adam Lallana comes on
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