Dean Saunders squandered the sort of chance that made him a 2.9 million pound transfer target as Liverpool could only draw at Wimbledon.
With 90 minutes on the Selhurst Park clock, Saunders beat Wimbledon defender John Scales for once and with only goalkeeper Hans Segers to beat, he curled his left-foot shot wide of the far post.
Saunders, who has only managed two league goals since his arrival at Anfield, seems to be wearing the massive price tag like a millstone. He had a poor match, putting two close range headers over when well placed, was twice blocked out by Scales and generally looked out of sorts.
But he was not the only one guilty of glaring misses, with 19-year-old Steve McManaman only finding the side netting when put clean through in the 73rd minute by a precision pass from Jan Molby.
Mike Marsh saw one 20-yard shot saved by Segers and another whistle off the angle while defender Gary Ablett had a fierce left-foot shot gathered by the home keeper.
Wimbledon, without a win in seven games under Peter Withe and who have never beaten Liverpool at home, also squandered their opportunities. Terry Gibson, Neal Ardey and Steve Anthrobus wasted a chance apiece in the first ten minutes of the second half.
In the first half Warren Barton had seen a goalbound shot blocked and then gathered by Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.
With so many chances going begging it was inevitable the match would end goalless and Liverpool's disappointment will be all the keener with the loss after only 22 minutes of striker Ronnie Rosenthal with a suspected dislocated collarbone - another injury worry for manager Graeme Souness.
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