Liverpool failed to capitalise in what was a fairly easy fixture against Southampton at home as Klopp’s side drew 0-0.
A win here would have been huge in the context of the race for top four, with Arsenal and Manchester United, Liverpool’s fellow top four rivals, facing one another at the Emirates later on Sunday.
Instead, the Merseyside club had to settle for a point. They were poor throughout: lacklustre and lacking creativity, they never looked like scoring.
Their afternoon was summed when James Milner was unable to convert a penalty kick that was gifted to the Reds after Jack Stephens handled the ball in the box.
In what was a dire afternoon for the Reds and a rather easy one for the Saints.
Here are the three best and three worst performers from the drab 0-0 at Anfield…
Nearly every Liverpool player had a bad game on Sunday, but it was a particularly poor day for the Brazilian. Usually their creative outlet, Coutinho looked lost at times, constantly coming deep and attempting impossible passes or taking weak shots from range.
In what was a woeful day for the 24-year-old, you have to question whether the knock he received against Watford was still affecting him and his confidence.
It was a surprise to see Wijnaldum substituted in the 87th minute, only because he was barely noticeable in the game. The Dutch International is often criticised for his conservative passing and it was much of the same today.
In a game that required urgency, tempo and attacking intent, Wijnaldum, when he did get the ball, opted to play sideways or backwards. His performance was a smaller picture of the whole Liverpool display.
Origi is a man out of form and it really showed against Southampton. The Belgian has failed to score in five Premier League games and his lack of confidence was evident throughout.
His movement was severely lacking and he failed to hold the ball up or stretch the Saints’ defence. He was brought off for Daniel Sturridge in the 69th minute but it could have easily been sooner.
The big goalkeeper wasn’t particularly busy on the day but when called upon he made some great saves. Most notably when he was able to save James Milner’s spot kick, flying to his right and getting a strong hand to the ball. The England man also made a fine stop in the final minutes of the game from Marko Grujic’s header.
The man who was voted player of the season for Southampton by his fellow players put in another fine performance against Liverpool. Shielding the back for he put in a commanding performance keeping the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino quiet in a tireless and tough manner.
With two shots on goal, Daniel Sturridge looked Liverpool’s most attacking threat. Coming on for Divock Origi, the ex-Chelsea and Man City man looked to take the game to Southampton.
He was having shots, taking people on and combining with his teammates, providing more going forward than the whole Liverpool side had done all game.
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