Liverpool FC moved to the top of the Premier League and maintained their unbeaten home record despite producing an unconvincing display in a goalless draw at home to struggling West Ham United FC.

Rafael Benítez's charges began the day level on points with Chelsea FC after Luiz Felipe Scolari's side were beaten 2-1 at home by London rivals Arsenal FC on Sunday but could not make a firm statement of intent in the title race as they laboured against a resilient West Ham outfit. The Merseysiders reacted to the failure of their challengers the day before by fashioning a couple of early chances only for Albert Riera to see his shot blocked by James Collins and Sami Hyypiä to head over.

The Finnish defender went even closer with another header on 21 minutes, Carlton Cole clearing off the line to save Gianfranco Zola's men, although the visitors nearly took the lead before the interval when Craig Bellamy's long-range drive rebounded off the post. Chances were rare thereafter with Yossi Benayoun's fierce strike that was tipped over by Robert Green the best effort for the hosts while Cole could have earned the visitors a shock success but his header from a near-post corner went centimetres wide. Hyypiä headed another presentable chance from a corner off target as Liverpool failed to score at home for the second league game in succession following their disappointing home draw against Fulham FC nine days ago. West Ham are 13th but just three points above the relegation zone. UEFA


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