Liverpool go top despite draw with West Ham United
Liverpool hit the top of the English Premier League on Monday night despite being held to a goalless draw at home by West Ham United, dpa reported.
The home side dominated possession but failed to break down a resolute West Ham defence and were held to a goalless draw at home for the third time this season.
Despite the failure to win, the draw moved Liverpool one point clear of Chelsea at the top of the table, with champions Manchester United another five points behind in third.
After Chelsea's defeat by Arsenal at the weekend, Liverpool were expected to go three points clear at the top but they never hit top gear against a West Ham side who threatened only occasionally.
Sam Hyypia headed a good chance over in the first half, while Robert Green produced good saves from Yossi Benayoun and then late on from Dirk Kuyt.
At the other end, former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy hit the post for West Ham.
Liverpool threw Ryan Babel on for the last 15 minutes in an effort to break the deadlock but it was to no avail and Rafael Benitez's side have now drawn back-to-back matches at home.