A lacklustre Liverpool had keeper Pepe Reina's to thank for salvaging them a point at St Andrews in a scoreless draw against Birmingham. The Blues have not lost to Liverpool in the league in nine matches and could have been three up at half time but for the keeping of Reina.
Raul Meireles came on to make his debut late on for the Reds but overall this was a fortunate point for Roy Hodgson's side as the home team at least kept up their unbeaten start to the season and extended their unbeaten home run of Premier League matches to 17.
For Hodgson there is still a lot of work to do before Liverpool can even contemplate a top four finish.
Referee: Mark Halsey Assistant referees: Simon Long & Glenn Turner Fourth official: Stuart Atwell
Venue: St Andrews, Birmingham Attendance: 27,333
BIRMINGHAM 26. Ben Foster 2. Stephen Carr 5. Roger Johnson 15. Scott Dann 6. Liam Ridgewell 7. Sebastian Larsson 12. Barry Ferguson 4. Lee Bowyer 8. Craig Gardner (yellow) 16. James McFadden (90) 10. Cameron Jerome
LIVERPOOL 25. Jose Reina 2. Glen Johnson 23. Jamie Carragher 37. Martin Skrtel 3. Paul Konchesky (78) 17. Rodriguez Maxi 28. Christian Poulsen 21. Leiva Lucas (76) 8. Steven Gerrard 14. Milan Jovanovic 9. Fernando Torres