LIVERPOOL 0-0 CHARLTON
FA BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP
Saturday 4th March 2006 (17:15) at Anfield
Liverpool's weakness of lacking a cutting edge was again exposed as they were held to a draw by Charlton.
The Reds dominated but were frustrated through a combination of poor finishing and inspired keeper Thomas Myhre.
Myhre was at his acrobatic best as he saved an attempted clearance from team-mate Hermann Hreidarsson before a sprawling save to deny Djibril Cisse.
Liverpool also saw Peter Crouch head tamely at Myhre before Robbie Fowler was ruled offside after scoring.
The match had unravelled into an all too familiar story for Liverpool as they quickly took a stranglehold of the game but failed to turn their dominance into goals.
There was an unerring similarity to Charlton's 2-0 win over the Reds just under a month ago when applied plenty of pressure but paid the price for wasting their chances.
Charlton were given an early scare when defender Hreidarsson almost steered a Steven Gerrard cross into his own net only for Myhre to fingertip the ball wide.
The visitors were frustrating the Anfield side with their discipline and organisation in defence while their attitude was encapsulated when Harry Kewell had a sight of goal only for his shot to be blocked by two lunging defenders.
The Reds picked up the pace as towards the end of the first half and Myhre was again Charlton's saviour as he twice denied Djibril Cisse.
The Norwegian keeper produced a full-length dive to turn Cisse's far post header round the post and then saved a well-struck shot by the striker.
Charlton continued to hold Liverpool at bay after the break in a manner too comfortable for the anxious home crowd.
A chance did materialise when Cisse found Crouch with a cross only for the striker to head tamely at Myhre.
Charlton almost made Liverpool pay the penalty for their profligacy but Jason Euell shot wide late on.
Fowler looked to have grabbed a late winner only to be seemingly wrongly ruled offside.
The point lifted Liverpool to second in the Premiership but they have played two games more than third-placed Manchester United, who have two games in hand.
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|Match Report filed: 4 March 2006|