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  • Date:12 Sep 2010
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
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92:41 +2.41

The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson.

92:29 +2.29

Glen Johnson produces a cross, Ben Foster makes a save.

91:19 +1.19

Daniel Agger sends in a cross.

89:28

Nikola Zigic replaces James McFadden.

88:52

Centre by Steven Gerrard, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

87:55

Glen Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Bowyer.

87:08

The ball is delivered by Milan Jovanovic, save by Ben Foster.

86:37

Christian Poulsen takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Ferguson.

85:46

James McFadden crosses the ball, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.

85:33

Centre by Steven Gerrard, save by Ben Foster.

84:10

Craig Gardner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

83:08

Unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by James McFadden results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

82:34

Lee Bowyer produces a cross, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.

82:09

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

80:10

The ball is crossed by Daniel Agger, Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

77:04

Daniel Agger comes on in place of Paul Konchesky.

75:26

(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Raul Meireles coming on for Leiva Lucas.

75:14

Effort from outside the penalty box by Rodriguez Maxi goes wide left of the target.

73:39

The ball is delivered by Milan Jovanovic, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

73:16

James McFadden produces a cross, save by Jose Reina.

70:35

Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Milan Jovanovic. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

70:21

Christian Poulsen fouled by Barry Ferguson, the ref awards a free kick. Christian Poulsen takes the free kick.

69:38

Centre by Stephen Carr, blocked by Paul Konchesky. Stephen Carr produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Cameron Jerome misses to the left of the target.

69:14

The ball is crossed by Roger Johnson, save made by Jose Reina.

63:42

The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, Barry Ferguson manages to make a clearance.

63:01

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

62:42

Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross, save by Jose Reina.

62:22

The ball is swung over by Paul Konchesky.

62:10

The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

58:52

The ball is crossed by Leiva Lucas.

56:06

Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Milan Jovanovic results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Scott Dann goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

52:05

Centre by Paul Konchesky.

49:52

Sebastian Larsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodriguez Maxi. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.

49:10

Craig Gardner has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

48:15

The ball is sent over by Lee Bowyer, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.

47:35

Steven Gerrard challenges Barry Ferguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

45:45

Foul by Glen Johnson on Lee Bowyer, free kick awarded. James McFadden crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:22

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

45:19 +0.19

Glen Johnson challenges Lee Bowyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

43:10

Effort from outside the penalty area by Sebastian Larsson goes wide left of the goal.

42:11

The ball is crossed by Barry Ferguson, Roger Johnson produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

41:42

Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson to the near post, Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.

40:06

Cameron Jerome has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

39:34

Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Fernando Torres results in a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

38:57

Cameron Jerome takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

38:36

The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, clearance by Scott Dann.

36:37

The ball is swung over by Stephen Carr, Craig Gardner takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina. Outswinging corner taken by James McFadden from the left by-line played to the near post, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.

35:51

Glen Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.

35:47

The ball is crossed by Milan Jovanovic, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

34:40

Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball.

34:13

The ball is sent over by Milan Jovanovic, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell. Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.

32:42

Shot on goal by Craig Gardner from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

31:13

Corner taken short by Steven Gerrard. Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Lee Bowyer gets a block in. Overhead kick shot by Rodriguez Maxi.

30:07

Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.

29:43

Craig Gardner produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

29:12

Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

28:16

Unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky. Craig Gardner receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

27:04

Corner from right by-line taken by James McFadden.

24:54

Jamie Carragher challenges James McFadden unfairly and gives away a free kick. James McFadden fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

22:06

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina. Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Paul Konchesky.

21:51

Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

19:01

A cross is delivered by Lee Bowyer, clearance by Jamie Carragher.

18:27

Foul by Fernando Torres on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

18:09

Effort on goal by Sebastian Larsson from 30 yards. Christian Poulsen gets a block in.

14:21

Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, save by Jose Reina.

13:17

The official flags Cameron Jerome offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

11:32

A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

11:00

Foul by Scott Dann on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.

8:55

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastian Larsson.

8:31

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.

7:57

Lee Bowyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Rodriguez Maxi takes the free kick.

7:24

The assistant referee flags for offside against Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.

6:46

Fernando Torres is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.

4:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gardner.

1:23

Shot from long distance by Barry Ferguson goes wide of the left-hand post.

The referee starts the second half.

The match has kicked off.

The match has reached half-time.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Blues boss welcomes competition Alex McLeish is hoping the fear of losing their place will bring the best out of his Birmingham players after the recent influx of new signings. Czech defender Martin Jiranek and former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb - if he passes a late fitness test on an ankle injury - will be in contention for the home clash with Liverpool. Chilean Jean Beausejour also arrived on transfer deadline day although he will not join his team-mates until next week as he waits for visa clearance. With Ben Foster and Nikola Zigic signed earlier in the summer, McLeish has the kind of competition he craves. McLeish said: "There's a good spirit in the dressing room. I've said that time and time again since I came here. "It's been evident again this season, although we've got new players and we're trying to integrate them. "But, as you build a team and you build a club, there's more competition for places and the players have to play to their very best level. "The thing that motivated me most was the fear of losing my place and I hope that the players here can respond in the same manner." Veteran striker Kevin Phillips (thigh) and defender Stuart Parnaby (hamstring) remain on the sidelines due to injury. Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes Fernando Torres has the resilience to match any of his team-mates but that will not stop him shielding the striker from the rigours of an arduous season. The Spain international has yet to get through a Liverpool campaign injury-free in his three years at Anfield but Hodgson is determined to give him every chance to achieve it under his leadership. That may mean the 26-year-old sitting out the odd match as his manager tries to cope with contesting the Europa League as well as challenging domestically. "I think Torres can probably play three games in seven days - he is as capable as anyone else - but if you can spare your players you want to do that," said the 62-year-old, who experienced injury problems during Fulham's run to the Europa League final last season. "Torres is nothing special in that respect. The thing about him is that he went to the World Cup with an injury, played without being fully fit and we are anxious to make sure that in this season he will be fully fit. "I am hoping, with the size and quality of our squad, I won't have to use him three times a week, week after week. "If that happens then what will happen to Liverpool is what happened to me at Fulham - I'll lose players because you cant ask them to take on that workload at the level we are talking about." Hodgson was grateful the striker was not overly-exerted while on international duty and thanked Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for his consideration. "I think it was good for him to go with Spain and score two goals against Liechtenstein but it was nice of Del Bosque to spare him for the Argentina (friendly) game because it will be good for his future not just for Liverpool. "I realise he was obliged to take Fernando with him because he had to take all his star players with him (to South America) but it was good he did not have to use him in the game." Torres will lead the line at Birmingham tomorrow as Liverpool look to get their season up and running after starting with a draw to Arsenal and a defeat at Manchester City before beating West Brom just before the international break.

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Match Report

Blues denied by inspirational Reina 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. The first decent chance fell to Torres after 12 minutes after Glen Johnson made a good break down the right flank before sending in a low cross. But the Spaniard failed to make a clean contact on his attempted shot which he dragged a couple of yards wide. Reina kept Liverpool on level terms with a superb reflex save away to his right to keep out Jerome's powerful header from Lee Bowyer's left-wing centre. Blues midfielder Gardner became the first player to be yellow carded after 28 minutes for a challenge on Lucas. Birmingham continued to look the more dangerous and Gardner dinked a shot over the bar after being teed up by Sebastian Larsson. But Reina made another outstanding save to keep out a close range header from Gardner after another dangerous cross from Larsson. In a rare threat to the home goal Roger Johnson's tackle prevented Torres from turning and shooting from inside the box although replays suggested he may have had claims for a penalty. Roger Johnson missed a good chance when he turned a Ferguson cross over from close range. Blues keeper Ben Foster made his first save in the opening minute of the second half in clinging onto a dipping drive from Gerrard. But City were soon back on the attack and Liam Ridgewell had a powerful header blocked from a Larsson free-kick. Paul Konchesky got forward to good effect for the first time and his pass almost played in Milan Jovanovic but he failed to take the ball in his stride. But Liverpool continued to look uncomfortable at the back and Dann missed another good chance for the home side. He found himself unmarked from a Larsson free-kick but his downward header bounced over the crossbar. The Reds enjoyed their best spell of the game and Foster beat out a rising shot from a narrow angle by Torres after he had been found in space by Gerrard. Another chance went begging for the home side when Jerome headed wide at the far post from Stephen Carr's cross after Konchesky had given the ball away. Raul Meireles made his Liverpool debut after 76 minutes in place of Lucas. A minute later Konchesky limped off to be replaced by Daniel Agger. Reina again did well in racing out of his area to chest clear from Jerome. Foster went down to keep out a late drive from Torres although he failed to make full contact.

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