Liverpool were indebted to a superb display from goalkeeper Jose Reina for earning a point against Birmingham in a goalless Barclays Premier League clash at St Andrew's.
Reina produced excellent reflex saves to keep out point-blank headers from Cameron Jerome and Craig Gardner.
The home side were also left to regret spurning a hat-trick of clear-cut chances and were the more impressive of the two sides.
And on this evidence, new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has plenty of work to do to make the Merseysiders a force to be reckoned with.
Barry Ferguson and Gardner bossed the midfield while James McFadden and Cameron Jerome linked well up front.
Reds skipper Steven Gerrard tried to spark his side into life but Fernando Torres still looks short of full sharpness with Scott Dann excellent at the back for Birmingham.