James Milner has claimed that he is prepared to “take full responsibility” for Liverpool’s failure to overcome Southampton in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Anfield.
Liverpool were frustrated for long spells of their clash with the Saints, but the home side had the chance to register from the penalty spot in the 66th minute following a Jack Stephens handball.
Milner was denied by England goalkeeper Fraser Forster, however, and Southampton resisted the pressure in the final 25 minutes to ensure that they left Merseyside with a goalless draw.
The Reds are still third in the Premier League table entering their final two matches, although Milner was downbeat when discussing what occurred at the weekend.
Milner told Liverpool’s official website:
“It’s a good save but obviously the penalty wasn’t good enough because it didn’t go in. I have to take full responsibility for that and it’s cost us massively today.
“It’s very disappointing when the boys have worked so hard to give me the opportunity to help us win the game.”
Liverpool are currently five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United in the Premier League table, but Jose Mourinho’s side do have a game in hand approaching the final run-in.
Meanwhile, Arsenal, who recorded a 2-0 win over Man United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, are seven points off Liverpool with two spare matches.