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Draw with Southampton not end of the world, says Klopp

09 May 2017

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the dryness of the Anfield pitch made it hard for his side to play their natural game against Southampton.

For the record, this was Milner's first failure at a spot-kick since November 2009, back when he played for Aston Villa. "They didn't make this game easy, but we tried until the end. I take responsibility", Milner told Sky Sports. I did what I wanted to do. Fraser is a top keeper. "I can't do any more than hold my hands up", he said.

"With these games we knew what we had to do and we haven't done it. You have to take those chances".

Liverpool moved to third in the English Premier League a point ahead of Manchester City but it should have been three after another poor home performance from the Reds. Arsenal beat United 2-0 and now find themselves thrust back into the race for a top four finish.

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But the stalemate with Saints, coupled with City's 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace a day earlier, means that Pep Guardiola's side are now just one point behind, with a game in hand still to play.

"It's only a mental issue when you think it's one".

Klopp was unhappy with the way Forster and some of his team-mates behaved in the moments prior to Milner's penalty, awarded after a handball by Jack Stephens in the 66th minute.

Klopp said: "I really don't like to make a story of it but you saw what they did".

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"They were very disciplined, very deep", said Klopp. On this side you would say it was very smart because Millie missed afterwards, on the other side people would say it's not sportsmanship. "And I don't know how long Forster needed for his goal-kicks, but whatever I say we will look like bad losers".

Anfield was bathed in sunshine and there appeared to be no excuses for a Reds display which lacked creativity and spark. The pitch was really dry today.

"We gave all the water we had but then after 15 minutes, with the wind, it was really dry".

"You could see it, a lot of passes where you're thinking 'why are they playing this?" In a possession game you need to have the best circumstances, if possible, in a home game especially, but today we couldn't have this.

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And while Milner didn't balloon his effort over, Forster guessed correctly and produced his first ever penalty save in the Premier League at the ninth time of asking.

Draw with Southampton not end of the world, says Klopp