A terrible error by defender Kolo Toure gave Liverpool's top-four rivals renewed hope after they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Brom .
Daniel Sturridge's 50th career league goal - and his 24th in 30 games for the club - put the visitors on course to retain their four-point cushion over Everton in the Barclays Premier League.
However, Toure's misplaced pass straight into the path of former Toffees striker Victor Anichebe midway through the second half put paid to that.
A draw gave more ammunition to the critics who felt Liverpool should have strengthened in the transfer window to enhance their bid to regain Champions League football.
But it was not the absence of Ukrainian winger Yehven Konoplyanka, whose proposed move to Anfield broke down in final hours of the January transfer window, which ultimately cost them points but a lack of resources at the back.
Toure is only playing because Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho are injured, but manager Brendan Rodgers insisted defensive re...