St Helens Town held Simon Burton’s side to a 2-2 draw, denying them the chance to go top of the NWCFL First Division.
A late headed goal from Joel Douglas sealed a point for Town, much to the despair of the travelling COL supporters.
There was an air of controversy about the goal, with Douglas clattering into the COL goalkeeper Stephen Longrigg to put the header home.
City of Liverpool were awarded a soft penalty for a handball against Stephen Rigby, and John Connolly sent it past Adam Fairchild.
Alexander Gillespie smashed home a free kick in the 30th minute to equalise for the home side against the run of play, after Daniel Dalton brought down Douglas outside the area.
An early own goal from Liam Dodd gave the visitor’s the lead when the centre half put a good cross into his own net.
The result does move COL up to second, put they will view it as two points dropped as they missed the chance to go top of the table.
For St Helens, another point puts them within touching distance of 10th place.