Defender bothered by missed penalty
JAMES Milner accepted the blame for Liverpool’s damaging 0-0 draw against Southampton after his penalty was saved by Fraser Forster.
Milner saw his second half spot-kick superbly saved by Forster, who plunged to his right to keep out the Liverpool defender’s strike.
It was Milner’s first penalty miss since 2009 and Liverpool were unable to make amends as Jurgen Klopp’s side wasted a chance to consolidate their place in the Premier League’s top four.
“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,” Milner said.
“Fraser is a top keeper but you have to take those chances.”
Forster spoke to Milner before the penalty, possibly in a bid to play mind games with his former Newcastle teammate.
But Milner insisted that was no excuse for the miss.
“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,” he said.
“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,” Milner said.
Liverpool boss Klopp insisted Milner shouldn’t be singled out for blame because his side had squandered other chances to score.
“He should not blame himself that is football. Him scoring would have helped of course but that is not the only decisive thing today,” he said.
“I thought our performance was good enough to win. Southampton wanted to come here and somehow get a point.
“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.”
Liverpool had failed to score against Southampton in their three previous encounters this season, once in the Premier League and in both legs of their League Cup semi-final tie, and the opening stages of this game contained very little attacking ambition from either side.
In fact, this match furthered the idea that Liverpool struggle against Premier League sides of a lesser calibre, especially those teams that look to do little else but cling on for a point, as Southampton did for most of this match.
Liverpool got the opportunity they needed to punish Southampton in the 66th minute as Jack Stephens elbowed away the ball inside the area after challenging Origi
It was well spotted by referee Bobby Madley and although Milner's spot-kick was right in the corner, Forster did well to get down and palm the effort away.
The passionate way Southampton's players celebrated the fine save was also an indicator of how desperate they were to hold on for a point. AFP
Liverpool’s James Milner takes a penalty which was saved by Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in their Premier League match against at Anfield yesterday.