Boro grind out Anfield point
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boro took the lead late in the first half with their first away strike since September - nearly 13 hours of football, but Liverpool came back to secure a point.
The Reds dominated possession throughout the game - but as for most of their season they lacked the cutting edge to break down Steve McClaren's side, who went ahead after 37 minutes.
Boro goal was their was their first effort on goal, but was a wonderful effort from Geremi on 37 minutes.
Jonathan Greening was fouled 30 yards out from goal on Liverpool's right, the Cameroonian took on the responsibility himself and curled home a wonderful effort past a helpless Jerzy Dudek.
Michael Owen should have tested Mark Schwarzer just a minute before half time, but when completely unmarked - he headed wide from just 12 yards.
Liverpool always looked dangerous on the attack and more so in the second half when Milan Baros replaced Emile Heskey.
However, despite dominating possession Liverpool struggled to breakdown a well-marshalled Boro back-line.
Pressure though continued and El-Hadji Diouf was a permanent threat thoughout the game and the African Player of the Year played a role in the equaliser which came with 16 minutes remaining.
Owen was allowed to skip through three Boro challengers on the edge of the area and he played the ball inside for Diouf - a deflection of Chris Riggott then rebounded into John Arne Riise path and the Norwegian stroked home his sixth goal of the season.
The Reds kept coming and again missed good chances through Riise and Owen.
Boro though also had a glorious opportunity to retake the lead when a corner was not clear by Liverpool after 83 minutes, but Dudek and Riise combined well to block Geremi and Michael Ricketts.
The final minutes saw Liverpool turning the screw, but they could not grind out a significant chance and Boro held on for a valuable point.
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