Liverpool missed the chance to strengthen their hopes of a top-four finish when they were held to a 0-0 draw with Southampton.
James Milner had a second-half spot-kick saved by England team-mate Fraser Forster. The result leaves the Reds in third on 70 points, but they have played more games than Manchester City and Manchester United – leaving it in the latter two’s hands.
Liverpool’s goal drought against the south-coast club now stands at 428 minutes since Daniel Sturridge scored in the 22nd minute of a 3-2 defeat at St Mary’s in March last year.
A point may have lifted them back into third, above Manchester City, but it left the door open for fifth-placed Manchester United and Arsenal, who both have matches in hand.