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By Brian Cartlidge
Last updated : 10 November 2009

The Independent:

Liverpool saved from humiliation by Gerrard .....

In the good old days, when Rafael Benitez found himself in a tight spot, he would call upon Steven Gerrard and the skipper, with the figurative Superman cape fluttering behind him, would do the business and send Anfield into raptures.
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The Guardian:

Gerrard returns to spare Liverpool further humiliation .....

This was a woebegone result for Liverpool but shame did not stop there. The equaliser was tainted, with David Ngog diving as a challenge by Lee Carsley made no contact. Steven Gerrard, on as a substitute, was unhindered by embarrassment as he converted the penalty awarded by the duped referee, Peter Walton, in the 71st minute.
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The Telegraph:

Liverpool 2 Birmingham City 2 .....

Once again, Steven Gerrard rescued Rafael Benítez. Once again, Liverpool's defensive frailties were exposed in a helter-skelter match high on octane and carnage. Once again, the curse of diving scarred a Premier League game.
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The Times:

Steven Gerrard's penalty rescues point for Liverpool .....

To avoid feeling the cold blast that gripped Anfield at the final whistle last night, you would have needed either the kind of fur coat modelled by Carson Yeung, Birmingham City's new owner, or the thick skin of a rhinoceros.
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