Southampton 0-0 Liverpool: Table-topping Reds held by stubborn Saints

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Dropped points at St Mary’s will not make or break Liverpool ‘s title charge, but artistic impression and high tempo alone will not bring the holy grail back to Anfield after 27 years.

Liverpool squandered a two-goal lead and lost the corresponding fixture last season, a defeat which effectively put the tin lid on their chances of a top-four finish – and a stark reversal of their six-goal romp in the League Cup at St Mary’s.

In conditions which sometimes felt like the end of the world more than the end of autumn, chances were much harder to find this time in an orgy of gegenpress, as Jurgen Klopp would call it.

When ex-Saints striker Sadio Mane enjoyed a clear sight of goal after 28 minutes, England goalkeeper Fraser Forster denied his old team-mate with a flying save.

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