Luiz Suarez scored a late equaliser as Liverpool managed to avoid a fourth consecutive league defeat with a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at Anfield.

Going into the Villa game, Liverpool were on an embarrassing run of six defeats in seven matches and till Suarez pulled one back, they were in danger of recording their worst string of results since 1909 - three years before RMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

Australian Chris Herd put Villa ahead in the 10th minute with a curling shot after Barry Bannan set him up near the edge of the box. Kenny Dalglish's side then had two penalty appeals turned down but they managed to level the score in the 82nd minute through Suarez, who headed home after substitute Daniel Agger hit the bar from a Steven Gerrard cross.

Liverpool dominated possession after Villa opened the scoring as Alex McLeish's side, who are hanging just above the relegation zone, decided to sit back and protect their one goal lead.

After equalising through Suarez, Liverpool pushed hard for a winner as Dalglish brought on Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy in an attempt to inject some power and pace to the attack. However, Villa held on, much to the joy of manager McLeish who described the draw as a terrific point, considering the results of the other teams who are facing the relegation threat.

Dalglish, meanwhile, admitted that a point at home against a team who are in the bottom half of the table might not be the best possible result, though he must be relieved to have avoided another defeat.

Liverpool have won just two matches in the league since January, taking only nine points out of a possible 39 and their hopes of earning a Champions League spot for next season ended early, much to the disappointment of the players and supporters.

The only consolation the club has had this season is the Carling Cup crown they won by beating Championship side Cardiff City in the shoot-out in the final at Wembley.

Liverpool are still in the FA Cup but a run of one win in eight matches would have destroyed any confidence the squad had and looking at the game against Villa, it has surely affected their form.

Check out some of the best moments of the match here:

Liverpool fans hold up scarfs before their English Premier League match against Aston Villa at AnfieldReuters
Aston Villa's Stephen Ireland challenges Liverpool's Steven GerrardReuters
Aston Villa's Herd scores against LiverpoolReuters
Aston Villa's Herd celebrates his goal against Liverpool with BannanReuters
Liverpool's Suarez argues with referee Oliver during their English Premier League match against Aston VillaReuters
Aston Villa's Lichaj challenges Liverpool's GerrardReuters
Liverpool's Suarez scores against Aston VillaReuters
Liverpool's Suarez celebrates his goal against Aston VillaReuters
Liverpool's manager Dalglish and his Aston Villa counterpart McLeish watch their teams during their English Premier League matchReuters