Lovren shares verdict on Milner penalty after damaging draw v Southampton
By Aramide Oladipo
Dejan Lovren has come out in defence of teammate James Milner after Liverpool failed to beat Southampton on the weekend.
Milner, who was Liverpool’s skipper on the day, missed a crucial penalty in the second half which meant that the Merseyside club failed to register a win at Anfield for the third successive Premier League game.
It was the first time this season that the former England international had failed from the penalty spot as he tucked away pressure kicks away at both Manchester clubs earlier on in the campaign.
The result doesn’t affect Liverpool’s league position as the Reds remain in third place however it has given Arsenal a chance to close the gap to a single point as the Gunners have two games in hand.
Following Sunday’s match, Lovren spoke to Liverpool’s official club website and stated that Milner was not to blame for the draw.
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“Milly scored so many goals from penalty kicks this season and we almost needed it every time.” he said.
“You think, like all season, Milly will score [the penalty] but one time he needs to miss and that’s today unfortunately. It happens to everyone.”
The Croatian defender has been part of a defensive line that have kept three clean sheets in the last four league matches but it’s at the other end where the Merseyside club are having difficulties.
Liverpool have struggled for goals in recent weeks as they failed to score two goals or more for the fourth time in a row in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will have the chance to rectify this problem as they travel to east London at the weekend to face West Ham in their final away match of the season.
In other Liverpool news, former referee Dermot Gallagher gives his verdict on the Milner-Forster incident.