James Milner refuses to blame break for Liverpool stalemate

The Liverpool vice-captain doesn't believe the international break played a part in Saturday's goalless stalemate at Southampton

James Milner has refused to blame the international break for Liverpool’s goalless stalemate with Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Liverpool failed to record a third successive Premier League victory after Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to make the breakthrough on the south coast.

The Merseyside outfit had 15 shots on targets during the Premier League washout but Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip wasted the visitors’ best opportunities to make the breakthrough.

Chelsea managed to hoist themselves above Klopp’s side and into top spot thanks to their 1-0 win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking to Liverpool’s website following the disappointing stalemate with Southampton, Milner accepted that Liverpool just had an off day in front of goal.

“That’s maybe something you worry about after the international breaks but it wasn’t like we were off the pace,” Milner said.

“We were on top for the majority of the game and we created the chances but that final finish wasn’t there.”

Liverpool haven’t lost a Premier League game since a 2-0 loss to Burnley in their second top-flight fixture.

The Reds will host Premier League strugglers Sunderland in their next game at Anfield on Saturday evening.

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Klopp’s side finished in eighth place in the top-flight table last season.

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