The Reds largely dominated the game and were unfortunate not to add to Daniel Agger's headed goal, having struck the woodwork twice.
And the Saints skipper has called for his side to aspire to playing like Brendan Rodgers' men in future games.
"This is something for us to look up to," he told the club's official website.
"The way they played out from the back and played with the ball was great, and we couldn't live with them."
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He added: "We have shown improvements of late and we've got a big Christmas period coming up without a midweek game this week, so we'll recover well.
"We now have to get ready for Reading, which is a massive game. We owe them one after last year because they beat us 3-1 at St Mary's."