Liverpool 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Last Updated: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 22:05
Liverpool failed to break down a resolute Tottenham defence as the two sides played out a goalless draw at Anfield on Monday evening.
Spurs were without several key players going into the game and appeared happy to try and keep the hosts at bay throughout the match and they will probably be pleased to take away a share of the spoils which keeps them third in the Premier League and seven points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
Liverpool were more adventurous but failed to turn their possession into real scoring opportunities and missed the chance to jump above Arsenal into sixth spot with their eighth draw in 12 Premier League games at home this season.
Neither keeper was tested in the opening half, although Jay Spearing fired in a 25-yard effort which flew just past Brad Friedel's upright on 33 minutes.
Glen Johnson's cross into the area from wide out on the left almost caught out Friedel who had to parry it away, while the full-back also had an effort saved by the legs of the Spurs keeper with the last kick of the first half.
Liverpool went close on 59 minutes when Martin Kelly forced Friedel to parry the ball behind after a stinging effort from just outside the area.
Kelly turned provider on 74 minutes when his cross from the right was missed by the head of Stewart Downing and fell kindly to Andy Carroll inside the area, but the big striker fired over the bar with just Friedel to beat.
Tottenham's best chance came on 85 minutes when Gareth Bale beat the offside trap and raced through on goal. But Jose Reina rescued his side by blocking his effort before Daniel Agger completed the clearance.
Liverpool responded within a minute and second half substitute Luis Suarez, back from his eight-match suspension headed a Steven Gerrard cross straight a Friedel from close range.