James Milner apologises for penalty miss

James Milner missed penalty for the first time on his Liverpool career as Liverpool drop points in a goal less draw against Southampton.

Milner saw his second half spotkick superbly saved by Forster, who plunged to his right to keep out the Liverpool defender's strike.

In a game of few opportunities on Merseyside, Milner's inability to convert from 12 yards compounded the misery of Jurgen Klopp's side.

Southampton are tough to break down and Liverpool need all hands on deck in the final third if they are to create the chance that will get them ahead.

It wasn't executed very well, but it probably still ranks as one of the top 10 pieces of skill performed by a Liverpool player this weekend.

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

"Now we have only one point more, we wanted to have three points more, but it´s not the end of the world", said Klopp.

Liverpool have now played Southampton four times this season and not only failed to win in each of these games.

Klopp eventually opted to introduce both Lallana and Daniel Sturridge with 21 minutes remaining, but there was already a feeling that it was too little too late for the home team. We didn't play as well as we would have liked.

Of course it could have all been different had James Milner dispatched his penalty.

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"It was hard for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It really makes sense that we are really concentrated on West Ham", Klopp told reporters.

The second half followed a similar pattern up until the penalty, which was a correct decision by referee Bobby Madley with the Stephens' arm moving up to push the ball away.

"We defended very well, with good structure, organisation and discipline". I understand how you should handle a situation like this.

"I can't do more than hold my hands up and apologize to the boys", said Milner, whose last penalty miss in the EPL was in 2009.

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