Liverpool 0-0 West Ham Highlights
Liverpool moved to the Premier League summit after a draw with West Ham – but they failed to produce a glittering advert for their title credentials on a night of frustration at Anfield.
Rafael Benitez’s side needed only a point to edge ahead of Chesea at the top of the table after the Londoners’ home defeat against Arsenal.
It was duly achieved, but in unimpressive fashion in the face of a resilient defensive display from Gianfranco Zola’s side.
Liverpool applied all the early pressure, with James Collins clearing off the line from Albert Riera early on and Carlton Cole doing the same from Sami Hyypia.
Craig Bellamy almost shocked Liverpool when he struck the post from long-range before the interval, but it needed Robert Green’s magnificent save from Yossi Benayoun to keep West Ham on level terms after the break.
West Ham have still not won at Anfield for 45 years, but boss Zola will take great heart from a point built on sound defensive organisation.
Liverpool have the consolation of heading the Premier League pace-setters after another below-par performance, but they know they must produce better to maintain their position.
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING GAME
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United
5 March 2008 – Ref: Steve Bennett
Liverpool scorers: Torres 8, 61, 81, Gerrard 83