Liverpool posts third win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Liverpool stayed on course for fourth place in the English Premiership with a comprehensive 3-0 win at Birmingham City on Saturday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Liverpool travelled to Birmingham City in the English Premiership on Saturday aiming to strengthen their claim for fourth spot in the table and with it a place in the Champions League. Victory would take Gerard Houllier's side three points clear of fifth-placed Aston Villa with one game remaining for each, and six ahead of Newcastle, who still have three games to play. Opening strike Michael Owen had a good chance to open the scoring in the 22nd minute, but found Birmingham's stand-in keeper Ian Bennett up to the task. Six minutes later, though, Owen did put Liverpool ahead with a finish typical of his predatory instincts. The England striker latched on to a fine through-ball from Heskey to clip a shot into the corner for his 15th league goal of the season. With Liverpool dominating midfield, it was of no surprise when they extended their lead in the 52nd minute. Steven Gerrard cleverly laid the ball into the path of Emile Heskey, and his powerful shot gave Bennett little chance in the Birmingham goal. Despite going two goals down, the home side continued to battle hard. Nailed in They were reduced to 10 men in the 64th minute, however, when their captain Kenny Cunningham was given a straight red card by referee Steve Dunn for holding back Gerrard as he raced down the middle. The visitors made it 3-0 in the 85th minute, Steven Gerrard capping an inspirational captain's performance by putting his own name on the scoresheet. A cross-field pass from Danny Murphy put him through on goal, and Gerrard curled the ball into the far corner. Three-nil to Liverpool then - Houllier's men are looking good for that fourth Champions League spot. (AP)