AFTER watching the Liverpool v Blackburn (Wharf) live match last week, one question leapt out. Is there another sport in the world where the goal-less draw can produce so much excitement and entertainment? Cricket knocks up hundreds of runs, basketball tallies hundreds of points, rugby and American football clock scores in the decimals. Even hockey, ice hockey and baseball ? the most comparable to soccer in their modest scoring levels ? have no trouble coping with, say, an 8-7 score line. But Association Football is different. A score there is a truly significant thing. One goal can be precious enough to ensure victory. And 0-0, the point at which all these aforementioned games begin, is a very difficult status quo to break. Sure, very rarely, rugby, NFL or ice hockey can be scoreless but it's an occasion for sports headlines when it happens. Soccer, however, lives and breathes the nil-nil. The old joke about 'Arsenal nil' being one word could apply to all teams at one time or another, as low scoring has bedeviled every club at some stage. Statistically the commonest score lines are 0-0, 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 and anything else is defying the averages. US sports abhor a 'niller' like Dracula (or David James) abhors a cross, and they have appended overtimes to minimise the chances of a tied game, scoring or otherwise. Although the rules of the game say the purpose of play is to score goals, soccer fans know that, strange as it may seem, such purpose does not have to be achieved for a game to be successful. It's a case of the journey being more important than reaching the destination. If the views along the way are spectacular, who cares! And the views on offer at Anfield last week were certainly spectacular. In one of the games of the season, every player on the field gave their all. Fast, one-touch passing was the order of the day, as was a willingness to shoot. Almost as impressive were the defensive efforts ? a firmness in the tackle, sure handling and great reflexes by the keepers. And the transition from defence to attack was seamless. One attack broke down, back went the ball, to the other end. It was relentless and hardly a wasteful stoppage in sight. The defining moment was when Rovers' Colin Hendry put his body in the firing line to make an insanely brave block of Oyvind Leonhardsen's point blank shot. This week's live offerings on Wharf include Blackburn again, this time at home to Tottenham. Sadly for Spurs fans, it's unlikely we'll be admiring the pristine beauty of a blank scoresheet after that one.