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Full time: Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Liverpool's top four destiny is out of their hands after they drop more points against a side in the bottom half. James Milner's missed penalty was the headline act of an otherwise horrific game. Southampton offered nothing but they kept out the Reds for a fourth time this season thanks to Fraser Forster's tremendous penalty save.

Forster pushes Sturridge's header over the bar. Entering the closing seconds; can Liverpool force a winner?

Simon Mignolet in all sorts of trouble outside of his penalty area. He probably handles the ball outside the box as Tadic races onto a loose ball, before the Belgian tries to pass the ball out from the front and fails miserably.

Four added minutes at Anfield.

Indeed. it has been very poor from Liverpool today.

No doubt Southampton are sitting in and are accepting that a point is that that is realistically available to them. They have offered almost nothing as an attacking force in this game to be honest. Many players on their holidays.

Better from Liverpool as they push for a late winner. James Milner gets in behind by Stephens but his cross is blocked and goes behind.

James Milner sees his second half penalty saved by Fraser Forster.

James Milner

Milner's first penalty miss since November 2009 comes at a bad time for Liverpool.

Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge on for Lucas and Origi with 20 minutes to go.

It really is a terrific save from Forster. Not right in the corner from Milner but it is struck well and low and the England international gets down well to keep it out. That Southampton defence remains un-breached.

At last some action at Anfield but no goal to follow. Liverpool earn a penalty when Jack Stephens handles under pressure from Divock Origi but James Milner's penalty is saved by Fraser Forster.


If it wasn't confirmed already, Alberto Moreno's days at Liverpool are coming to an end.

Daniel Sturridge can't be far away for Liverpool. They have been simply woeful today and with an hour played they look no closer to boosting their top four hopes.

Jurgen Klopp displays his frustration during the first half.

Jurgen Klopp

Back underway at Anfield. No changes to the personnel, but my goodness I hope there is a change to the intent from both sides.

Half time: Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

A dreadful, dreadful half of Premier League football. Neither side have created anything of note and you would be forgiven for thinking this was a pre-season friendly rather than a Champions League-chasing side against one bidding to finish in the top half. Must. Do. Better.

They need some sort of motivation to up their way. Liverpool un-fussed so far.

Anfield is urging Liverpool on as the half draws to a close, with Can trying a shot from 30 yards which is easily saved by Forster. Applause greets, as much as a sign of what has gone before as anything else.

Liverpool have not scored in any of their three meetings with Claude Puel's side this season and they haven't looked like breaking that run in the first half today. This has been awfully lacklustre from a Reds team with everything to play for.

A SHOT! At last some action as Liverpool produce what is the first meaningful effort on goal; a trickled effort from Roberto Firmino which is easily saved by Fraser Forster.

Divock Origi battles for the ball in the opening minutes at Anfield.

Liverpool vs Southampton

You might have noticed updates from Anfield have dried up. That is centrally because the excitement has been rare. It has been a shocking opening 28 minutes or so. Southampton force their first corner but it is flat and easily dealt with, before a foul is committed.

Update from the Championship, and I told you things may change in the final minutes.

Blackburn Rovers have been relegated to League One, the first Premier League champions to drop into the third tier. Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City have both survived on the final day.

Newcastle United are champions after they beat Barnsley and Brighton draw at Aston Villa. A late Jack Grealish goal means the Magpies return to the top flight at the first time of asking with the title.

More political updates as we get them....

Opening quarter of an hour has been dull and dishwater at Anfield. The sun is out and there is a real end of season feel to this game. Both teams looks like they're on holiday, despite there being much at stake.

Heading into the final minutes of the Championship season. Blackburn are going down and Brighton are winning the title - as things stands. Still time for things to change.

Low key start to the game it must be said. Southampton with plenty of the ball though as they attempt to frustrate the hosts. They didn't see much of it on their last visit to Anfield but came away with the win that day.

Underway at a sun-decked Anfield. Three wins will do for Liverpool in their last three games. Can they get the first this afternoon?

Players out and we're ready to go at Anfield.

Approaching kick-off in our first game of the afternoon on Merseyside. Can Liverpool cement their top four status, or will Southampton continue their purple patch over the Reds?

Emre Can scored one of the goals of the season on Monday. There have been times this season his future has been much debated, but surely the German is on course to stay now.

Will Liverpool be dining out in the Champions League next season, or is that just pie in the sky thinking?

Liverpool vs Southampton

So we know what is at stake for Liverpool, but what about Southampton?

Well if you believe what you read, then Saints boss Claude Puel is under pressure on the south coast. Players, including the likes of Ryan Bertrand and Virgil van Dijk, want to leave amid the uncertainty yet the club have reached a cup final and could finish in the top half. Modern day football, eh?

So this is indeed a big day for Southampton and particularly Puel if he wants to stay on at St Mary's.

Liverpool's players arrive at Anfield ahead of kick-off.

Should Liverpool butcher their position of authority in the top four then surely Jurgen Klopp will have questions to answer at the end of the season. The German has not bought brilliantly since arriving at Anfield, and refrained from making any new additions in January. No cup football means the Reds have had only the league to focus on, and if they were to finish outside the Champions League place the campaign could only be regarded as a catastrophic failure.

Jurgen Klopp reflects on Liverpool team injuries

Here is an overview of the half-time scores in the Championship.

Fans making their way into Anfield ahead of kick-off.

The final day of the regular Championship season is today and the last 12 games are already underway this afternoon. The title, the configuration of the play-off positions and the final relegation place are yet to be decided. I shall endeavor to keep you up to day through the afternoon. As things stand, Nottingham Forest are heading for League One, while Newcastle are on course for the title.

A stat for the Rodgers skeptics? Has Jurgen Klopp underwhelmed at Liverpool?

Liverpool and Southampton fans dining before kick-off. Will it be the same at full-time?

Liverpool vs Southampton

Liverpool are unchanged from the team which started against Watford. That means Philippe Coutinho takes his place in the team despite a dead leg suffered at Vicarage Road. Adam Lallana is on the bench having not played since before the international break.

Two changes for Southampton meanwhile from the draw with Hull. Cedric comes in at right-back while James Ward-Prowse replaces Nathan Redmond.

Teams in from Anfield.

Southampton have arrived at Anfield.

This is a potentially pivotal day in the race for the top four. A win for Liverpool would mean they could sit back, relax and watch Arsenal and United slug it out, knowing a defeat for either will probably curtail their challenge. A draw, and both the Reds and Manchester City will be almost there.

Philippe Coutinho went off early on against Watford on Monday but has returned to training ahead of the game. Jurgen Klopp is hopeful he will be involved but we await the team news with baited breath.

In January, Southampton beat Liverpool not once but twice on their way to reaching the EFL Cup final. Nathan Redmond did the damage at St Mary's before a superb defensive display was underlined by Danny Ings' late goal as Saints claimed a famous win. They came up short at Wembley but they certainly laid down a marker that afternoon.

Beautiful day on Merseyside ahead of kick-off. Will we get a similarly picturebook game?

Teams should be with us in around 20 minutes, but how might both sides line-up today?

Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana are expected to be available after injuries. There is no Sadio Mane or Jordan Henderson however.

Charlie Austin could play for the first time since December due to a dislocated shoulder. He played for the Under-23s on Friday and could start at Anfield.

After Manchester City saw off Crystal Palace yesterday, it is Liverpool's turn to respond in the battle for a top four place. The Reds have been inconsistent to say the least of late, and have come a cropper against sides from the bottom half.

Southampton have suffered badly since losing the EFL Cup final, recording just three league wins since and falling outside the top 10. But the Saints have won three of the last four against Jurgen Klopp's side, including both legs of the cup semi-final they played out in January.

They will be hoping to upset their hosts' Champions League charge in a pivotal day in the race to qualify for that competition; with Arsenal hosting Manchester United later.

All the team news and updates on the way ahead of the 1:30pm kick-off.