Superb Reina earns Reds a point
Liverpool were indebted a superb display from goalkeeper Jose Reina for earning a point from a goalless draw with Birmingham in a Premier League clash at St Andrew's.
Reina produced excellent reflex saves to keep out point-blank range headers from Cameron Jerome and Craig Gardner as the home side, the more impressive of the two sides, were left to regret spurning a hat-trick of clear-cut chances.
The first decent chance fell to Fernando Torres on 12 minutes after Glen Johnson made a good break down the right flank before sending in a low cross, but the Spaniard failed to make a clean contact on his attempted shot which he dragged a couple of yards wide.
Reina kept Liverpool on level terms with a superb reflex save away to his right to keep out Jerome's powerful header from Lee Bowyer's left-wing centre.
Indeed, Birmingham continued to look the more dangerous and Gardner dinked a shot over the bar after being teed up by Sebastian Larsson. Then Reina made another outstanding save to keep out a close range header from Gardner after another dangerous cross from Larsson.
In a rare threat to the home goal, Roger Johnson's tackle prevented Torres from turning and shooting from inside the box, and Johnson himself missed a good chance when he turned a Ferguson cross over from close range.
Blues keeper Ben Foster made his first save in the opening minute of the second half in clinging onto a dipping drive from Gerrard, but City were soon back on the attack, with Liam Ridgewell having a powerful header blocked from a Larsson free-kick.
New recruit Paul Konchesky got forward to good effect for the first time and his pass almost played in Milan Jovanovic but he failed to take the ball in his stride, but Liverpool continued to look uncomfortable at the back and Scott Dann missed another good chance for the home side. He found himself unmarked from a Larsson free-kick but his downward header bounced over the crossbar.
The Reds then enjoyed their best spell of the game as Foster beat out a rising shot from a narrow angle by Torres after he had been found in space by Gerrard.
Another chance went begging for the home side when Jerome headed wide at the far post from Stephen Carr's cross after Konchesky had given the ball away. Raul Meireles made his Liverpool debut after 76 minutes in place of Lucas. A minute later Konchesky limped off to be replaced by Daniel Agger.
In the dying stages, Reina did well again in racing out of his area to chest clear from Jerome, while at the other end Foster went down to keep out a late drive from Torres, although the Spain striker failed to make full contact.