Sun March 28.
Dudek, Carragher, Hyypia, Biscan, Traore, Gerrard,
Hamann, Kewell, Cheyrou, Heskey, Baros
|| Murphy (Cheyrou 70),
Pongolle (Baros 85)
||Luzi, Henchoz, Diouf
(66), Hamann (72), Baros (76)
Heath (31, Dabizas (32), , Bent (45), Dickov (65)
|| Phil Dowd
FIXTURES & RESULTS
Shots on target:
Shots off target:
"...we did not
deserve to lose."
2903: Carragher: No excuses if we fail
2903: It's all in hand, says Houllier
2803: Houllier: This isn't a bad result
2803: Reds held by Leicester
excuses if we fail
LFC Official Website
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool will have no excuses
if they don't qualify for next season's Champions
With five of their remaining eight games to be played at
Anfield, Carragher says the onus is firmly on the Reds
to banish Sunday's disappointment at Leicester and
consolidate their fourth place position in the
Carragher said: "There won't be any excuses if we don't
do it now. We've got five home games and three away. In
our position, anyone would take that for the run-in.
"If we win those home games and pick up points away from
home that would probably be enough, although we'll be
going out to win every match.
"It was a disappointing result to draw at Leicester and
no-one will try and disguise that. But let's not forget
that we're now in a better position than we were before
"It may only be a slight consolation, but come the end
of the season this could prove to be a very important
"When you look at the games we've got left, I'm sure
everyone will think that apart from Arsenal, Manchester
United and Newcastle, there aren't many tough matches.
But it probably won't work out that way.
"We may perform better against the teams nearer the top.
Ever since I've been in the first team we've seemed to
rise to the occasion against the big teams."
It's all in
hand, says Houllier
By John Curtis - PA Sport
Gerard Houllier has insisted that Liverpool's hopes
of qualifying for the Champions League are "in our own
hands" as they cemented their current grip on fourth
place with a share of the spoils at Leicester City.
What might have normally been frustration at letting two
points slip against a bottom-three side was tempered by
the fact that their closest rivals Newcastle were beaten
And, with five of their last eight games at home
including Newcastle and fellow Euro hopefuls Charlton,
Houllier knows that the Reds are in control of their own
Houllier said: "I do not see the Leicester game as a bad
result but we did miss an opportunity to extend the lead
between ourselves and Newcastle.
"But then I read one report this week that we were a
long way off a side that could finish in fourth place.
Maybe they didn't know that we were fourth!
"We are there at the moment, we have got nearly everyone
back and available and I think we will get better.
"We have got five games to come at home, with Newcastle
and Charlton amongst them. The future is in our own
hands. We know what we have to do. We have eight finals
One major absentee was Michael Owen and Houllier will
assess the fitness of the England striker before the
next game with Blackburn on Sunday before deciding if he
can return from a hamstring problem.
Liverpool could have done with Owen's predatory
instincts to convert the chances that came their way
with Milan Baros spurning the best of them in the second
But Houllier also felt that the effects of the Reds'
UEFA Cup clash in Marseille on Thursday evening took
their toll by the end of the game.
He said: "We played for an hour or so on Thursday with
10 men against 11 and at times we lacked a bit of
"But we still created chances in both halves and I
thought we over-run Leicester for most of the game.
"Milan had the best of those chances and if he had put
that one away then it would have been recognised as a
great goal at the end of a great move."
Leicester proved determined opponents and nearly
snatched victory in the closing seconds when Muzzy Izzet
shot wide from close range.
But Ben Thatcher also forced Jerzy Dudek to make two
stinging saves from powerfully struck free-kicks in the
Foxes manager Micky Adams said: "I was pleased with a
point as it kept our unbeaten run going (six games) but
I was more pleased with the application of the players
and the way they went about their business.
"We changed things around at half-time to cope with
Liverpool's shape and the second half performance was
"There were not many chances in the game but we possibly
had the best opportunity through Muzzy to win it right
at the death. On another day that goes in and you pick
up three points.
"I think the fans will be happy with that performance.
We are still third from bottom but I am not too worried
at this stage because we are now within three points of
teams we still have to play.
"That was a point that not too many would have given us
a chance of picking up so we are pleased. and now it is
onto the next game."
This isn't a bad result
LFC Official Website
Gerard Houllier declared himself very satisfied with
the performance of his Liverpool team at relegation
haunted Leicester City, and said 0-0 is not a bad
The manager was at pains to point out that his players
deserve a lot of credit for their performance as they
were tired and mentally drained after the trip to
Houllier felt Liverpool dominated the match and should
have won the game.
Houllier said: "Listen, when you have to travel for a
game away in Europe midweek then you have to travel
again on the Sunday it is difficult and tiring.
"You just don't have the same spark and this isn't a bad
result. I would say it is just a missed opportunity to
extend the lead over Newcastle.
"We dominated the match and had the chances to win it.
Leicester had a chance to win it at the end but that
would have been very unfair as we did not deserve to
held by Leicester
BBC Sport Online
Liverpool consolidated their hold on the fourth
Champions League place with a goalless draw against
Gerard Houllier's side had the better of a disjointed
game but were thwarted by Ian Walker in the Leicester
Walker denied Steven Gerrard and Dietmar Hamann, though
the goalkeeper could only watch in relief as a Bruno
Cheyrou effort hit the woodwork.
Leicester's best efforts came from Les Ferdinand and
Paul Dickov, which were comfortably dealt with by Jerzy
Struggling to avoid relegation, Leicester started
brightly, forcing three corners in the first five
minutes but Liverpool coped easily with Muzzy Izzet's
A long clearance from Walker almost let in Dickov as it
sailed over Jamie Carragher's head and Dudek had to
react quickly to foil the Scottish international.
Liverpool also looked dangerous from set-pieces and Igor
Biscan went narrowly wide with a header from Milan
As the game developed, Steven Gerrard emerged as
Liverpool's dominant force.
As well as linking the play he also hit the side netting
with a powerful shot and brought a low save from Walker
with a fierce effort.
Walker was then relieved to tip over a dipping Hamann
volley which bounced awkwardly in front of him.
In a rare Leicester raid Ferdinand surged into the
Liverpool penalty area after collecting a Marcus Bent
pass but his low shot was saved by Dudek.
Within two minutes of the restart a Cheyrou effort
crashed against the angle of post and crossbar after
Baros had laid the ball into his path.
Harry Kewell then sent a dipping angled drive just wide
of the far post after Emile Heskey had won the ball in
Leicester retaliated through Izzet and Dudek parried
away the Turkish international's long-range drive.
Liverpool also gave away a succession of free-kicks
around their box and from one of them Dudek beat out a
Ben Thatcher shot.
Leicester finished strongly with Dudek beating out
another Thatcher free-kick and Izzet turning Freund's