Liverpool held 0-0 by Sunderland

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Liverpool missed the chance to regain the leadership of the English Premier League when they were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling Sunderland at Anfield on Sund

Liverpool held 0-0 by Sunderland

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Liverpool missed the chance to regain the leadership of the English Premier League when they were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling Sunderland at Anfield on Sunday.Liverpool were looking to reassert their control over the English Premier League after crashing out of the Champions League on Tuesday. And they should have taken the lead after six minutes when Marcus Babbel timed his run well to meet Danny Murphy's cross and the German seemed certain to mark his return to the first team with a goal, but instead he hammered his shot over.Sunderland had another let-off on the quarter-of-an-hour mark. Murphy ended a neat and incisive Liverpool move with a thunderous shot, which deflected off Phil Babb and onto the bar and then Salif Diao fired wide from the rebound.England striker Michael Owen was looking to add to his season's tally of 13 goals, but his header was saved at full stretch by Sunderland's Austrian goalkeeper after 27 minutes.On 36 minutes Jurgen Macho was in action again. The Austrian was proving to be Sunderland's saviour. He made another top class save, this time from a Murphy shot from 22 metres.Sunderland, who were one point and one place above the relegation zone before kick off, continued to frustrate the home side with a solid defensive display. Eight minutes from time George McCartney showed great determination to get in front of El-Hadji Diouf and headed over the bar from Owen's far post header.From the resulting corner, Macho again made another instinctive save, turning onto the bar a powerful header from Murphy. Liverpool had 22 attempts on goal compared to Sunderland's none, but it was the visitors who came away with the more important point and the plaudits. (AP)



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