Liverpool lost ground on the top four as their leaky defence and a failure to capitalise on numerous opportunities cost them victory at Anfield as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich.
Kenny Dalglish's side hit the woodwork three times among several other chances but had only Craig Bellamy's late first-half goal against his former club to show for their efforts.
They were punished on the hour when Grant Holt headed home just three minutes after coming off the bench.
Had it not been for the woodwork, the Reds would have enjoyed a much more comfortable evening as twice within the opening 12 minutes they came within inches of scoring.
With less than two minutes gone, Martin Skrtel's glancing header from Charlie Adams right-wing corner crashed against the crossbar before Luis Suarez also rattled the woodwork.
And just when it seemed the hosts had failed to take advantage of their dominance, Bellamy's low shot took a deflection off Marc Tierney on its way past John Ruddy.
The woodwork denied Liverpool for a third time in the 51st minute when Suarez's run left Leon Barnett baffled but the Uruguay international's shot deflected off Russell Martin and onto the post.
The Reds' profligacy was punished as, within three minutes of coming off the bench, Holt got to Anthony Pilkington's cross ahead of Jose Reina and headed home.
Holt was then denied a second by Reina and, after Andy Carroll headed a sitter wide, Ruddy produced a sensational fingertip save to deny Suarez in the dying seconds.
That proved the last opportunity as the Canaries held on for an impressive point.