Red hot: James Milner opened the scoring after 55 seconds against Aston Villa

By Russell Edge

James Milner has blamed himself for Liverpool’s failure to overcome Southampton in their clash at Anfield on Sunday.

During the 0-0 draw, the 31-year-old had the chance to score from a penalty, but saw his spot-kick saved by the huge figure of Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

It’s the first penalty he’s missed all season – in fact the first he’s missed in the Premier League since 2009.

Following the match, the English midfielder, who has been operating as a left-back this season, has taken full responsibility for the Reds not securing the three points.

Milner told LFC TV on their website: “I have to take full responsibility for that and it’s cost us massively today.

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“It’s very disappointing when the boys have worked so hard to give me the opportunity to help us win the game.

“Obviously the penalty wasn’t good enough because it didn’t go in.”

The penalty was one of a number of limited chances in a dour game on Merseyside, with Liverpool looking lacklustre in their attacking movement.

Their opponents meanwhile stood resolute at the back, but also struggled to create too many meaningful chances.

Milner paid credit to the strength of the opposition and their defensive resilience, but also admitted that the Reds had let themselves down with their performance in front of goal.

“I think it was always going to be a tough game, they’re a tough team to break down,” he told LFC TV on their website.

“We probably didn’t play as well we’d like but we had enough chances.”

Liverpool are targeting a top-four finish this season, and they can secure this by winning their final two games.

The Reds sit in third place on 70 points with two games to play, with a visit to London to take on West Ham before hosting relegation threatened Middlesbrough on the final day of the season.

In other Liverpool news, Football Insider analysed the three worst players from their draw with the Saints.

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