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Birmingham City 0 Liverpool 0

The Reds came away from Birmingham with a point mainly due to Pepe Reina in the Reds goal. Reina prevented a number of goals with great saves on a day in which the Reds just never really looked like scoring.

The Reds started with Lucas and Poulsen in midfield with Gerrard playing just behind Torres. The 'wings' were using Maxi and Jovanovic which meant there was full onus on Johnson and debutant Konchesky to provide the width.

Birmingham got the game kicked off at St Andrews knowing that the last six matches had finished all square.

The start to the game was quite open with both sides looking to play football. That didn't last long though as Birmingham took hold of the game and harried the Reds off the ball. We had no quality going forwards and two midfielders in the middle who played like slow crabs.

The Reds had a small sight of goal on twelve minutes when Johnson went down the right and crossed inside but Torres scuffed his shot wide of the target.

Twenty minutes in to the game and Steven Gerrard went down with a knock to the head after a challenge from Ferguson that required treatment.

Birmingham slowly upping the pressure and midway through the half a fast taken free kick resulted in a superb header from Jerome to the bottom corner but Reina pulled off a world class save to keep the ball out.

A few minutes later and the only yellow card of the game went to Gardener who clattered in to Lucas after he had initially slipped and gave him a sight of the ball.

On thirty five minutes Reina was again at hand when he just managed to get a punch to the ball with Jerome looking to head in to the net.

Two minutes later and Reina was again the hero as he somehow managed to keep out a header from Gardener. It was turning in to a one man show of excellence. A shame the other Reds weren't inspired.

The Reds did manage to hold out until half time though and went in all square. Surely the second half would be better?

The second half saw a little improvement for the Reds but not too much. Gerrard did finally force Ben Foster in to a save inside the first minute of the half. I did think it would start looking better for the Reds but they slowly went back to the slow methodical way of playing again which loses the incisiveness to their play.

One plus side for the Reds in the second half though was that Birmingham didn't have as many clear cut chances although Dann should have scored with a free header eight yards out just before the hour mark.

Steven Gerrard required treatment a few times in the second half which disrupted his play a bit and after a while he ended up with bandage around his head although he soon ripped that off.

The first change came on seventy six minutes and it was long overdue to be honest. Raul Meireles came on for his debut in place of Lucas and I have to say he did well. He actually went in the hole behind Torres and Gerrard went in to midfield. We suddenly started looking forwards and had more pace about us.

We also had to throw on Agger at left back at this point as well with Konchesky limping off. The Reds had a couple more chances in the game but nothing too clear cut. All too often they were racing through the middle and seeing a shot blocked or just coming up against a Birmingham side knowing if they kept it narrow we'd be clueless about using width. Same old story.

Finally the full time whistle came and yet again a draw with Birmingham - seventh on the trot!

MotM : Jose Reina - stunning effort by the Reds keeper throughout the game stopped us from losing.

Liverpool 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 3 Konchesky (5 Agger 77), 17 Maxi, 21 Lucas (4 Meireles76), 28 Poulsen, 8 Gerrard, 14 Jovanovic, 9 Torres
Unused Subs 1 Jones, 16 Kyrgiakos, 24 Ngog, 19 Babel, 12 Pacheco
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Home-Red
Manager Roy Hodgson

Birmingham City
26 Foster, 2 Carr (c), 6 Ridgewell, 15 Dann, 5 Johnson, 8 Gardener, 12 Ferguson, 4 Bowyer, 16 McFadden (19 Zigic 90), 7 Larsson, 10 Jerome
Unused Subs 1 Taylor, 28 Jiranek, 3 Murphy, 17 Michel, 14 Derbyshire, 18 Fahey
Booking Gardener (28)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Blue
Manager Alex McLeish

Referee Mark Halsey    Welwyn Garden City
Att 27333
Venue St Andrews
Kick Off Sunday - 16:00:00
Date 2010-09-12 
HT/FT DD   (0-0)/0-0
Match shown Live on SKY Sports
Competition Premiership  

Match Stats

Liverpool   Birmingham City
56% Possession 44%
3 Shots On Target 2
7 Shots Off Target 13
8 Blocked Shots 2
3 Corners 4
9 Fouls 8
1 Offsides 2
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

Average Age of Starting Line-up - 28.6

Position at Start of match day - 15 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 8

League Stats at end of match day

PWDLFAGDPtsPts to topPos
41 2124-25713

Match Programme

Match number 8 of the season

Domestic Match number 4 of the season

Premiership Match number 4 of the season

Premiership Match number 700 of all time

League Match number 4224 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)

Top Flight League Match number 3796 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)

Match number 5212 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 115 against Birmingham City

Away Match number 56 against Birmingham City

League Match number 99 against Birmingham City

League Away Match number 50 against Birmingham City

Premiership Match number 13 against Birmingham City

Premiership Away Match number 7 against Birmingham City