Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers had to content himself with a 0-0 draw on his return to former club Swansea City, as the Reds extended their unbeaten Premier League run to eight games.
The result took Liverpool back above Stoke City into 11th place and saw Swansea climb two places to eighth. Rodgers' impact on the playing styles of both sides was evident throughout an even game at a rain-soaked Liberty Stadium, as the two teams sought to control possession with exchanges of short passes.
Spanish midfielder Pablo Hernandez twice threatened for Swansea in the first half, while Liverpool had a Jose Enrique goal disallowed for offside and saw teenage winger Raheem Sterling crack the crossbar with a fierce half-volley.
Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel had to save from Luis Suarez, twice, and Jonjo Shelvey after half-time, with the hosts' best chance an Ashley Williams header that Swans old boy Joe Allen cleared off the line.
Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will begin his reign as interim Chelsea coach later on Sunday when last season's UEFA Champions League winners welcome defending English champions Manchester City to Stamford Bridge.
City are seeking to reclaim top spot from Manchester United, who moved above them by winning 3-1 at home to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, while Chelsea will close to within a point of their opponents if they prevail.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United coach Alan Pardew returns to his former club Southampton for the first time and Tottenham Hotspur take on West Ham United in a London derby at White Hart Lane.