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Liverpool missed a huge chance to strengthen their position in the race for a top four finish by being held to a 0-0 draw as they hosted Southampton, and after the game, Jurgen Klopp told reporters how the wind and the dry pitch played a much less innocent, than someone could think, role.
I know nobody wants to hear it but I’m brave enough to say it. The pitch was really dry. We gave all the water we had but then after 15 minutes, with the wind, it was really dry. It was difficult, you could see it. A lot of passes you thought, ‘why are they playing like this’
the German manager said, explaining why a dry pitch is a major problem for his team.
In a possession game you need to have the best, if possible, circumstances. We couldn’t have this. It’s nobody’s fault, it’s only a description.
Klopp had something to say as well about Southampton’s efforts to waste as much time as possible, and to ‘bother’ James Milner before taking -and missing- a penalty kick, which goalkeeper Fraser Forster saved.
I really don’t like it, even after we only drew, to make a story of it. You saw what they did, why do you need my say on it? With this delay and with the time play of Southampton… I don’t know how long Forster needed altogether for his kicks. Four minutes? I have to say that’s ambitious
Liverpool’s manager said, obviously frustrated and disappointed.