Liverpool have suffered another blow to their English Premier League football title hopes as a scrappy 1-all home draw with Manchester City left leaders Manchester United seven points clear.
Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy's heavily deflected shot after 51 minutes looked as if it would condemn Rafael Benitez's side to a first home league defeat of the season before Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt's late equaliser.
Liverpool, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League this week, have now drawn six home matches in the league this season and their chances of a first league title since 1990 appear to be fading fast.
With 12 games remaining they are in second place with 55 points to United's 62 after the champions clocked up a 10th consecutive league victory at home to Blackburn Rovers yesterday... third-placed Chelsea have 52 points.
West Bromwich Albion remain bottom of the table after going down 2-nil at Fulham while Newcastle United picked up a valuable point in a nil-all home draw with Everton.