COMMENT by Russell Edge
James Milner missed his first penalty since 2009 as Liverpool laboured to a 0-0 home draw with Southampton on Sunday.
The Reds looked bereft of creativity up front, despite starting with the attacking talents of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
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With Daniel Sturridge returning from an injury lay-off, this was the Belgian’s chance to prove to Jurgen Klopp that he, and not the England forward, was the right man to lead the line.
However, he failed to capitalise on the opportunity, putting in a lazy-looking performance before being hauled off to be replaced by his striking counterpart.
His decision making was poor, movement near non-existent and his work-rate questionable.
Origi will be lucky if he makes another appearance this season after this sort of performance.
Out of the midfield trio of Wijnaldum, Lucas and Emre Can, it was the Dutchman who appeared as the most obvious attacking outlet.
However, what seemed obvious on paper did not transpire onto the pitch, and the 26-year-old failed to have any real impact on the match.
His lack of attacking impetus led to a Liverpool performance lacking in creativity and he was unable to provide the spark needed to create any meaningful chances.
The former Newcastle man has proven to be a hit at Anfield this season, but the 26-year-old went missing when his side needed him the most.
Usually so assured from the penalty spot, it appeared as though Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster managed to get under his skin this time around.
It was not a poor penalty, but it was the strike of a man who looks tired after operating in an unnatural position at left-back.
Defensively the 31-year-old looked solid for most of the match, but is another player guilty of failing to provide any attacking momentum, this time from the flanks.
His crossing was poor and he failed to effectively link up with Coutinho and Wijnaldum down the left hand side.
With this sort of performance, he will be hoping to return to the centre of the park sooner rather than later.
In other Liverpool news, Emre Can has given an update on his contract talks with the club.