Liverpool falter again

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Crystal Palace’s Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke (C) scores past Liverpool’s Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (L) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 23, 2017. Geoff CADDICK / AFP
Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on April 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. /
Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can (C) celebrates with Liverpool’s English midfielder Adam Lallana (L), Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva (2nd L) and Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on May 1, 2017. Adrian DENNIS / AFP
Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on April 16, 2017.Justin TALLIS / AFP
Everton’s English midfielder Ross Barkley (R) vies with Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Liverpool’s hopes of securing an English Premier League top-four spot suffered another blow on Sunday after a goalless draw against Southampton, following James Milner second-half penalty kick miss.

It was a match the Anfield faithful will want to quickly forget after their team had 65 per cent of the possession.

They also had eight shots on target, as against none by their opponents.

Liverpool rarely tested visiting goalkeeper Fraser Forster even at that.

Their best chance to score came in the 66th minute when they won a penalty kick after Southampton’s Jack Stephens was judged to have handled Lucas’ delivery.

Milner, who had not missed from the spot in the league since November 2009, saw his effort saved by Forster who dived low to his right.

Some seconds earlier, the England goalkeeper had approached the midfielder as he attempted to place the ball on the spot, and the tactic worked in the least.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the draw moves Liverpool up to third, above Manchester City who are on 70 point but have a game in hand.

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