Liverpool 2 Birmingham 2
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
LIVERPOOL again threw away a 2-0 lead at Anfield as they allowed Birmingham City to battle back to earn a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night.
Goals from Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard had Liverpool cruising but they again failed to finish off the job and Steve Bruce's men battled on and grabbed a point thanks to a Clinton Morrison brace, the second coming in stoppage time.
Liverpool started brightly and bossed the early exchanges with Bruce's visitors looking to sit back and deny the home side space in the danger areas.
Gerard Houllier's men took the lead after 25 minutes when Murphy grabbed his third goal of a prolific start to the season.
Brian Hughes fouled Senegal star El Hadji Diouf 25 yards out in a dangerous position and Murphy stepped up and curled a superb free-kick over the wall and past Blues keeper Nico Vaesen.
Houllier was forced to make a change at half time as Stephane Henchoz was replaced by Emile Heskey.
The change did not affect Houllier's men and The Reds doubled their lead just four minutes into the second half through the ever-impressive Gerrard.
Diouf picked the ball up deep and ran at the defence before slipping the ball into Gerrard's path who smashed the ball in from the edge of the box.
Birmingham got themselves back into the game just after the hour mark when Stern John took advantage of some poor defending from Djimi Traore to set up Morrison to make it 2-1.
Birmingham then applied most of the pressure and amazingly grabbed an equaliser in stoppage time when Morrison headed in his second goal of the game to make it 2-2.