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Sunday 7 April 2013 | Anfield | Referee: Anthony Taylor | Attendance 45,007

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Liverpool's top-six hopes suffered a blow as they failed to break down West Ham United's stubborn defences.

Three weeks after defeat at Southampton, Brendan Rodgers' side failed to spark, with captain Steven Gerrard coming closest to a winner when his effort was cleared off the line by James Tomkins.

West Ham, for whom James Collins also impressed, also had a chance to snatch victory, with Lucas Leiva denying them a first Anfield win in 50 years when he turned away Jack Collison's header five minutes from time.

The contest was preceded by a minute's silence in honour of the Hillsborough victims.

Liverpool, with top scorer Luis Suarez not quite at his best, struggled to break down an obdurate West Ham outfit. Philippe Coutinho brought a decent early save out of Jussi Jaaskelainen, who also denied Stewart Downing before injury forced the winger to give way to Daniel Sturridge.

But it was not until Coutinho found Suarez with an excellent return pass inside a crowded penalty area that Liverpool came close, this time Jaaskelainen repelling the effort with his legs.

Denied the services of Andy Carroll, who could not face his parent club, West Ham knew a point would be valuable in easing their relegation concerns.

Mohamed Diame wriggled free of three Liverpool defenders before driving his shot over, whilst Carlton Cole could have done much better than drive an effort straight at Daniel Agger after Lucas had been rushed into an error.

Liverpool got better after the break without making a breakthrough. A claim for handball against Collins when he got in the way of Agger's thunderbolt came mostly from the Kop and referee Anthony Taylor was unimpressed.

Gerrard almost set up Sturridge before being presented with the clearest chance of the contest when Suarez's shot rebounded into his path off Guy Demel. The Liverpool captain could not quite pick his spot given the number of bodies in his way and Tomkins turned his shot off the line as the home fans were about to start celebrating.

Suarez then fizzed a shot across goal that went through Jaaskelainen's legs and flicked off the far post, but brought no reward.

West Ham were being extended to a much greater degree, yet they remained a sporadic threat.

Gerrard curled another effort over as time began to drift away, and only Lucas's fine goal-line clearance from Collison's header prevented Liverpool from being sunk completely.

The point was more useful to the London side, who are now seven points clear of the drop zone in 12th place, than to Liverpool who had been hoping to keep in touch with the group chasing Champions League berths. They stayed seventh with 49 points from 32 games.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "We are very frustrated. Obviously we didn't get the three points I thought we were more than deserving of. We kept pushing from the very first minute.

"The intent in our game was very good, some of our quality arrived in good areas. You've got to give credit to West Ham. They defended very, very well. Some of their blocks and commitment to putting their bodies on the line was admirable.

"It was a game where you've either got to score early on to open it up, or you need that wee bit of luck to get a goal. The performance of the players was very good. Their commitment and concentration in the game was outstanding, but unfortunately we failed to get the goal which could have led to two or three more."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "I'd like another three points. It depends on the run of the teams below us because some are picking up two or three wins back to back. But we are looking up, not down.

"To have won would have been a massive bonus for us as it is 50 years since we last did it. But it is still a very big point, and very well deserved. I don't think we have defended better away from home all season. Collins and Tomkins were really good when you consider how few chances Liverpool had."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
25. José Reina - -
3. José Enrique - -
5. Daniel Agger - -
23. Jamie Carragher - -
2. Glen Johnson - -
8. Steven Gerrard - -
21. Lucas Leiva - -
14. Jordan Henderson - -
10. Philippe Coutinho - -
19. Stewart Downing - -
7. Luis Suárez - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
33. Jonjo Shelvey - -
30. Suso - -
15. Daniel Sturridge - -
16. Sebastián Coates - -
1. Bradley Jones - -
11. Oussama Assaidi - -
37. Martin Skrtel - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
22. Jussi Jääskeläinen - -
17. Joey O'Brien - -
20. Guy Demel - -
5. James Tomkins - -
19. James Collins - -
4. Kevin Nolan - -
21. Mohamed Diamé - -
7. Matthew Jarvis - -
12. Ricardo Vaz Te - -
32. Gary O'Neil - -
9. Carlton Cole - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
14. Matthew Taylor - -
33. Daniel Potts - -
18. Emanuel Pogatetz - -
10. Jack Collison - -
11. Modibo Maiga - -
29. Marouane Chamakh - -
13. Stephen Henderson - -

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