Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Southampton marked a day of missed opportunities for Liverpool.
Breaking down a strong Saints defence and creating chances wasn’t the problem. It was the team’s surprising lack of quality in front of goal that stopped us from taking all three points.
Reflecting on yesterday’s stalemate, James Milner told Liverpoolfc.com: “We dominated the game, really. They’re a good side so to create the chances we did was the hard part, but we didn’t take them and that’s frustrating.”
“[It was] a pretty good performance, I think, I can’t remember them having too many chances.”
“We were on top for the majority of the game and we created the chances but that final finish wasn’t there.”
There was a similar lack of conviction in front of goal to the last time Liverpool played following an international break, when we were held to a draw at home to Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp’s men struggled to replicate their explosive attacking play for sustained periods of time in the same way they have in previous games this season.
Wasting chances in front of goal represents an unusual feature to the opening stages of Liverpool’s campaign and one that, hopefully, won’t be repeated.
What has to be taken as a positive is the way the Reds continued to create great chances despite lacking the fluidity that has seen them blow teams away.
The goals will return soon enough.