|James McFadden (Kevin Phillips, 78)|
|Jose Manuel Reina|
|Yossi Benayoun (Ryan Babel, 71)|
|Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez|
|Fernando Torres (David N'Gog, 65)|
|Dirk Kuyt (Alberto Aquilani, 81)|
Full-time at St Andrews. Disappointment for Liverpool as they drop more points in the race for fourth place.
Birmingham have faded in the final 10 minutes but are doing well to retain possession as the match goes into its final minute.
N'Gog is released by Gerrard but shoots at Hart via a deflection. Three minutes will be added.
The Reds continue to throw players forward, Johnson crossing behind when he had men to aim at in the middle.
Liverpool are suddenly dominant. Hart spills a Gerrard cross into the path of Maxi, who shoots over under pressure from defenders.
Liverpool know the importance of this match and are pouring men forward - Aquilani sets up Gerrard who fires over from 20 yards.
Liverpool break quickly and release Maxi in the Blues' penalty area, but a goal-bound shot is blocked by Alberto Aquilani. Frustration for the visitors.
Birmingham continue to press but cannot fashion a clear-cut chance.
Alberto Aquilani makes an entrance in place of Dirk Kuyt.
City are in the ascendency and win another corner. Liverpool clear.
Kevin Phillips scored an important goal last week and comes on for James McFadden.
James McFadden wins a corner after Liverpool concede possession. Fahey's delivery is cleared by N'Gog.
A weak effort by Fahey is easliy gathered by Reina.
This match is really opening up - both teams are showing intent to win it.
Craig Gardner is booked for hacking down N'Gog. Gerrard's free-kick is well-claimed by Hart.
Kuyt and Maxi combine well for N'Gog, but the substitute again misses the target when well-placed.
Yossi Benayoun makes way for Ryan Babel.
Birmingham should be in front - an excellent cross by Liam Ridgewell is met by Lee Bowyer, who miscues from eight yards with the Liverpool defence again absent.
N'Gog heads a good chance wide from close range - Benitez could have done with that going in.
The travelling fans showed their displeasure at that substitution - if Liverpool do not win this one Benitez will have some questions to answer.
A bizarre move by Benitez, who replaces an uninjured Torres with David N'Gog. The Spaniard ignores his manager on the way to the bench.
Liverpool look shell-shocked by City's equaliser, although they should be surprised by their flakiness on the road - they have not won away in six games.
Glen Johnson was guilty for not picking up Ridgewell, who arrived totally unmarked from left back.
The hosts show their resilience by earning an equaliser, Liam Ridgewell scoring from close range after good play by James McFadden. Poor Liverpool defending is punished.
Liverpool are well on top but will be aware of Birmingham's record at home and their ability to recover from conceding first.
Keith Fahey goes into the book for a foul on Lucas.
Liverpool have been boosted by the goal and are tearing into City, who are rather hanging on at the moment.
Steven Gerrard gives Liverpool the ideal start to the second half, expertly curling in from distance after his own corner broke to him.
The second period starts with no half-time changes.
The first half comes to a close. Both defences did their jobs, with the only clear chance falling to Maxi. Liverpool need to find another gear if they are to stay in the hunt for fourth place.
Liverpool are finishing the half strongly as one minute of added time is signalled.
Lucas Leiva is booked for a late tackle.
Gerrard whips in a cross from a dangerous position, but City again defend well.
City win another corner as Insua clears behind after good work by McFadden and Fahey. Liverpool win a free-kick as the corner comes in.
The corner is met by Dann and Johnson and Reina is relieved to see the ball loop onto the roof of the net.
Jerome appears to be in an offside position when firing off a snap-shot that Reina pushes wide at his near post.
A speculative effort by McFadden is easliy saved by Reina.
Liverpool nearly take the lead. A quick break by the Reds frees Torres, whose cross finds Maxi six yards out - a firm half volley is superbly palmed onto the bar by Hart.
Cameron Jerome robs Sotirios Kyrgiakos and wins a corner, but Keith Barry Ferguson's delivery is claimed by Reina.
Torres curls a harmless shot wide of Hart's goal.
Maxi Rodriguez cuts in from the right and has a scuffed shot blocked, Gerrard shooting wide with a similarly weak shot from the rebound.
Insua trips Stephen Carr on the City right flank as the home side continue to come into the game.
Blues' best spell ends with a timely Jamie Carragher intervention from a dangerous Keith Fahey cross.
Birmingham make good progress down Liverpool's right, but a poor flick concedes possession with men in the box.
Roger Johnson directs a terrible back pass wide of Hart behind for a corner. A short one is delivered by Insua, but the cross is poor.
A Steven Gerrard corner is cleared by Roger Johnson, who has been the busiest player so far.
City have barely threatened Liverpool's box, whilst the Reds continue to bombard Hart's box with crosses.
Dirk Kuyt lets fly from distance, but a deflection sends the ball softly into the arms of Joe Hart.
A frenetic start has given way to a more sedate pace of play, with Liverpool's midfield winning the passing battle in the centre of the park.
The Blues are gradually gaining a foothold in the game but Liverpool still look the most dangerous team.
A spell of good possession for Liverpool culminates in a dangerous cross towards Fernando Torres, but Scott Dann intercepts well.
Cameron Jerome seems to beat Sotirios Kyrgiakos for pace as the pair chase a ball over the top, but the striker is penalised for a foul.
James McFadden, making his 200th league start, gives the crowd a lift by nutmegging Emiliano Insua and winning a free-kick. The Scot's delivery is punched clear by Jose Manuel Reina.
Liverpool are making a lively start as the hosts struggle to keep hold of the ball.
Referee Martin Atkinson gets play underway at St Andrews.
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