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Half-Time Report: Liverpool level with Southampton

Virgil van Dijk fails to convert a free header before half time as Southampton play out a goalless first half against Liverpool.

Liverpool have reached half time on level terms with Southampton, but can consider themselves lucky not to be behind at Anfield.

The Reds, who have drawn seven of their last eight games, started brightly and almost found an early goal when Philippe Coutinho saw his shot met with a last-ditch block from Cedric Soares.

Cedric Soares of Southampton and Emre Can of Liverpool compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on October 25, 2015 in Liverpool, England.© Getty Images

Moments later, Liverpool were again threatening as James Milner found Emre Can at the near post and his flick on drifted narrowly wide of Maarten Stekelenburg's goal.

Jurgen Klopp's men nearly fell behind, however, when Graziano Pelle looked to shoot from the edge of the area, but Martin Skrtel managed to stick out a foot and block the Italian's strike.

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on October 25, 2015 in Liverpool, England.© Getty Images

Midway through the half, Saints, who threw away a two-goal lead at home to Leicester City last weekend, were gifted a chance by Mamadou Sakho's weak header, which allowed Steven Davis to take aim at goal, only for the Ulsterman to produce a tame effort.

On the half-hour mark, stand-in captain Milner nearly broke the deadlock as the midfielder weaved through the Southampton backline before his drive flew just wide of the target.

However, Southampton perhaps ought to have taken a half-time lead when Virgil van Dijk was afforded a free header after Liverpool's defence had switched off at a set piece, but the Dutchman directed the ball straight at keeper Simon Mignolet.

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Emre Can (R) of Liverpool is congratulated by teammate Adam Lallana of Liverpool after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Liverpool FC and Rubin Kazan at Anfield on October 22, 2015
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