In the 53rd minute Earnshaw finally got away from his Slovenian markers inside the penalty area to bear down properly on goal for the first time, but once more Mavric
denied Wales by beating away his left-foot effort.
Earnshaw, though, did well to deliver the cross and Hartson was again foiled by Mavric
Slovenia were much more a threat after the interval though visitors keeper Mavric
denied Nigel Quashie a late winner with a superb stop.
Luckily for him he was well protected by his two huge centre-backs, Matej Mavric
and skipper Aleksander Knavs.
He showed Beckham a more respectable way of missing on the spot by at least forcing Mavric
to save after Finnan was recklessly fouled by Marko Kmetec.
And Duffy almost marked his debut with a spectacular second-half goal, Slovenia goalkeeper Borut Mavric
tipping away his curling effort five minutes after the break.
Salif Diao replaced Gerrard on 76 minutes, and 60 seconds later Steve Finnan was brought down by Kmetec, although Diouf saw the resulting penalty saved by Mavric
An excellent save from a Smicer drive by impressive keeper Borut Mavric
was as close as Liverpool came in a lacklustre, scrappy first half.
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Slovenia Keepers: 1 Samir Handanovic, 12 Jasmin Handanovic, 16 Aleksander Seliga Defenders: 2 Miso Brecko, 3 Elvedin Dzinic, 4 Marko Suler, 5 Bostjan Cesar, 6 Branko Ilic, 13 Bojan Jokic, 19 Suad Fileovic, 22 Matej Mavric
Midfielders: 8 Robert Koren, 10 Valter Birsa, 15 Rene Krhin, 17 Andraz Kirm, 18 Aleksandar Radosavljevic, 20 Andrej Komac, 21 Dalibor Stevanovic Forwards: 7 Nejc Pecnik, 9 Zlatan Ljubijankic, 11 Milivoje Novakovic, 14 Zlatko Dedic, 23 Tim Matavz
Molde - Larsen, Mavric
, Andreasson, Kallio, Rindaroy, Ohr, Rudi, Berg Hestad, Grande, Baldvinsson, Hoseth.
Visiting keeper Borut Mavric
had performed spectacularly in the first leg draw and was soon displaying his talents on the wider stage of Anfield as he claimed Anthony Le Tallec's header and Heskey's shot on the turn comfortably.