Liverpool draw with Southampton 'not the end of the world' - Jurgen Klopp

LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp rued his side's lack of efficiency in front of goal after Liverpool were frustrated by Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool dropped more points in their push for Champions League qualification after Claude Puel's side held them a goalless draw at Anfield.

James Milner had the best chance to earn a valuable three points, but the makeshift left-back missed his first penalty since November 2009 as Fraser Forster produced a low save in the 66th minute.

The result means Liverpool's top-four hopes are now dependent on other rival's results, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester all having games in hand.

"As everyone could see, it was a difficult game, Southampton played in a specific way." Klopp told a news conference.

"A lot of people might say that everybody will now play here like this, but it will not be like this and if it is, we have solutions.

"We had them today, but you need to score at one moment and then they're open and then we can do other things. They were very disciplined and very deep; we defended their counter-attacks much better than we did against Crystal Palace, for example.

"In the end, it's all about finishing or scoring one and we couldn't do this. It made life not easy in the game. We tried until the end, but today was one of those days.

"Now we have only one point more, we wanted to have three points more, but it's not the end of the world. It's not exactly what we wanted and we are really disappointed about this, as you can imagine, but we will keep on going."

Liverpool have failed to win their last three matches at Anfield, dropping points against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and now Southampton.

Klopp insists his players do enjoy playing at home, but said the Anfield playing surface being dry on Sunday did not help Liverpool's attacking play.

"I know nobody wants to hear it, but I'm brave enough to say it, the pitch was really dry," the Reds boss added. "We gave [it] all the water we had and after 15 minutes it was really dry. It was difficult, you could see it.

"A lot of passes you thought: 'Why are they playing this?' But it was difficult. In a home game you need to have the best possible circumstances. For today, we couldn't have this. It's nobody's fault, it's only a description.

"It's not nice to drop points at home, but now we play away and then we have another home game.

"We still really enjoy playing at home -- it's only a mental issue when you think it's one. We don't see this. The boys like it here, they like playing in front of their crowd. That's all."

Klopp was frustrated with a number of decisions referee Bobby Madley made throughout the 90 minutes, most visibly when Emre Can's deflected shot was given as a goal kick.

According to the Liverpool manager, fourth official Anthony Taylor saw Can's effort had taken a deflection from a Southampton player, but was unable to communicate to the referee because his headset was not working.

"We had three or four situations that the fourth official saw exactly like we did," he said. "For example, the shot from Emre was a clear corner but the headset didn't work anymore.

"I thought maybe you could give another sign. It was a clear corner. That's how it is.

"It was very emotional, as you can imagine. Not decisive, but obviously wrong with throw-ins and all that stuff, little things which we could see. But when the headset doesn't work, they have no contact and that was all."