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Liverpool’s Poor Home Form Back In Focus After Southampton Draw

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Joel Matip of Liverpool reacts after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on May 7, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Liverpool moved back up to third in the Premier League on Sunday – but their top four challenge has taken a stumble.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to break Southampton down yet again, making it the fourth time this season that they have come away from a match against the Saints having failed to score.

The best opportunity to break that duck came midway through the second half when Jack Stephens’ handball in the box gifted Liverpool a penalty. James Milner, normally so reliable from the spot, missed for the first time out of eight this season (his first miss since 2009) and the home side had to settle for a point.

This latest failure to collect all three continues a worrying trend for Klopp.  Although they have won all of their last three way games, they have collected just two points from their last three at home – against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and now Southampton.

Although they will still be favourites to nab a top-four spot in the league ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal, the result of the meeting of those two on Sunday afternoon could have a major bearing on Liverpool’s comfort level heading into their final two fixtures.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on May 7, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

In any event, Liverpool fans see this as a case of two points dropped at a critical point of the season:


Klopp will have to pick his players up for the final two league matches against West Ham and Middlesbrough. Victory in both, along with Man United failing to earn maximum points in their fixtures, will guarantee the Reds will be back in the Champions League for the first time since 2014.

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