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Liverpool held to draw at Birmingham

James McFadden (right) and Jamie Carragher challenge for the ball as Liverpool are held 1-1 at Birmingham.
James McFadden (right) and Jamie Carragher challenge for the ball as Liverpool are held 1-1 at Birmingham.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Liverpool are held to a 1-1 Premier League draw at Birmingham on Sunday
  • Liam Ridgewell cancels out Steven Gerrard's open goal for the visitors
  • West Ham score a late equalizer to earn a crucial 2-2 draw at Everton
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(CNN) -- Liverpool's hopes of claiming the fourth and final Champions League place took another knock on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 Premier League draw at Birmingham.

The visitors took the lead a minute after half-time when Glen Johnson's shot fell to the feet of fellow-England international Steven Gerrard -- and the Liverpool captain cut inside from the left before firing home a fierce shot.

But Birmingham, who have held Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal to draws at home this season, kept up that record when they levelled in the 56th minute.

James McFadden did well to create a cross from the right and defender Liam Ridgewell was on hand to provide a simple finish.

The result leaves Liverpool trailing in sixth position, five points behind fourth-placed Manchester City having played a game more.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, struggling West Ham scored a late equalizer to grab a 2-2 draw at in-form Everton, a result that lifts them a point ahead of third bottom Hull City.

Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov opened the scoring with a close-range glancing header before the visitors missed a great chance to level matters when Mido's penalty was saved by goalkeeper Tim Howard after Carlton Cole had been fouled in the area by Sylvain Distin.

Manuel da Costa eventually equalized on the hour mark when bundling in from close range, before Everton re-took the lead with five minutes remaining when Yakubu headed home.

But, just two minutes later, Julian Faubert's superb cross from the right was headed home by substitute Ilan to earn West Ham a crucial point and end their six-match losing run in the process.

In the day's other match, Fulham -- who beat German champions Wolfsburg 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday -- achieved the same result at home to Wigan, who remain in relegation trouble.

Jason Scotland had given Wigan the lead after Marcelo Moreno chested down a Charles N'Zogbia cross.

But Fulham levelled when substitute Stefano Okaka slotted home a Zoltan Gera's cross and the hosts secured victory when Brede Hangeland headed in Damien Duff's corner.