James Milner sends message to Liverpool fans

The Liverpool vice-captain issues an apology after the midfielder's second-half penalty miss in a goalless draw with Southampton

Philippe Coutinho and James Milner Photo: Liverpool FC

James Milner has apologised to the Liverpool squad after the midfielder missed a second-half penalty in Sunday’s stalemate with Southampton.

The Reds welcomed the EFL Cup runners-up to Anfield as Liverpool looked to beat Southampton for the first time in four attempts in the 2016-17 season.

Liverpool lost to Claude Peul’s side in both legs of their 2-0 loss to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final earlier this term, while the Merseyside outfit played out a goalless draw with the Saints at St Mary’s.

Klopp’s men struggled to find a way past Southampton in the first half at Anfield on Sunday before Jack Stephens conceded a penalty in the 64th minute after handling the ball in Fraser Forster’s area.

The England shot stopper denied Milner with a brilliant save as the versatile midfielder missed his first spot-kick in seven years.

Speaking to Sky Sports about his role in Liverpool’s disappointing stalemate, Milner issued an apology following his penalty miss.

“It’s very frustrating,” Milner said.

“Obviously the penalty is my fault and the fact we didn’t get three points is definitely my fault. I have to live with that. Fraser is a top keeper. You have to take those chances.”

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