Liverpool's bid for a European berth faltered on Saturday as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to West Ham United in the Premier League.
The result meant Brendan Rodgers' side remained in seventh place, six points below the European qualifying places.
Liverpool bossed the first half at Anfield but lost Stewart Downing to injury in the 25th minute and saw Mohamed Diame flash a shot over the hosts' crossbar after a dazzling dribble from wide on the right.
The home side continued to force the issue after the interval but could not find a breakthrough, with Steven Gerrard having a shot blocked on the line by James Tomkins and Luis Suarez grazing the post.
West Ham might even have snatched victory at the death, but Jack Collison's header was kneed off the line by Lucas Leiva.