Liverpool missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table as they failed to score for only the third time since season, as Southampton held Jurgen Klopp’s side to a 0-0 draw on the South Coast.
Claude Peul’s Southampton kept Liverpool quiet in a timid first-half from both sides but the Saints failed to muster any threat in attack, with Lorius Karius in the visitor’s net not tested by either of the host’s efforts in the first-half.
Liverpool did have some chances in the first period, with Sadio Mane forcing Fraser Forster to tip the ball over the bar with a looping header, before the former Southampton man was halted in his attempts to open the scoring by a fantastic block from Virgil Van Dijk.
In the second-half, Liverpool quickly found their rhythm and Roberto Firmino felt aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty after he was tugged back by Van Dijk, before Philippe Coutinho slashed a good chance wide of the mark.
Charlie Austin had a good chance to extend his scoring run shortly after the hour mark when Cedric Soares’ cross invited the Englishman to provide the telling touch but he couldn’t get the effort on target from just eight yards out.
Daniel Sturridge had a rare chance to stake his claim for more regular football when he came off the bench for the final ten minutes and he almost provided the difference, teasing a superb cross into the middle where Nathaniel Clyne could only nod wide.
Roberto Firmino had a late chance but was thwarted by Fraser Forster, with the Saints maintaining their excellent run of form at home- losing just one of their last 11 Premier League matches at St Mary’s.