• Date: Sun 28 February 2010
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Ref: Wiley, A
  • Attendance: 42,795


Gerrard (20)

Torres (44)

2 - 1
Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers

Andrews (40)P

Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

Team Lineups


Jose Manuel Reina
Daniel Agger
Fabio Aurelio (Emiliano Insua, 39)
Jamie Carragher
Steven Gerrard
Yossi Benayoun (Ryan Babel, 81)
Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez
Javier Mascherano
Leiva Lucas
Fernando Torres (David N'Gog, 90)
Dirk Kuyt

Blackburn Rovers

Paul Robinson
Christopher Samba
Gael Givet
Martin Olsson (Pascal Chimbonda, 51)
Michel Salgado
Morten Gamst Pedersen
Steven N'Zonzi (Vince Grella, 60)
Keith Andrews
El Hadji Diouf
David Hoilett (Jason Roberts, 65)
Nikola Kalinic

Match Report
Fernando Torres netted his 13th goal of the season as Liverpool kept their pursuit of Champions League football on track with a 2-1 win over Blackburn. Torres netted the winner shortly before the half-time interval for the Reds after Rovers midfielder Keith Andrews' penalty had cancelled out Steven Gerrard's opener. It was Spain international Torres' first start for Liverpool since January 13 following groin and knee injuries but he showed just what the Reds have been missing with an impressive return to action. It was the visitors who started the stronger with Christopher Samba and Morten Gamst Pedersen going close for Blackburn. But it didn't take long for Rafa Benitez's men to take the lead through Gerrard. The Reds captain exchanged passes with Yossi Benayoun and slotted the ball past keeper Paul Robinson for a 20th minute lead. Blackburn - who came into the game off the back of consecutive wins over Hull City and Bolton - were given a lifeline though when Jamie Carragher handled in the box. Andrews' penalty was less than convincing but it sneaked under keeper Pepe Reina and drew Rovers level in the 40th minute. But their lead lasted less than four minutes as Torres latched onto Lucas' inch-perfect pass, found Maxi Rodriguez and then received the ball back to slide home past Robinson. Liverpool were into their groove after the break and could have gone 3-1 up in the 55th minute when Dirk Kuyt and Gerrard combined to feed Rodriguez but his effort was tipped over the bar by Robinson. As Liverpool failed to take chances, Blackburn begun to sniff a shock at Anfield and Gerrard had to be alert in his own box to clear Pedersen's effort. Samba almost snatched an unlikely point in injury time but his shot was superbly saved by Reina and Liverpool breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full-time: LIVERPOOL 2 - 1 BLACKBURN: The home side hold onto the three points.

Yellow Card

Lucas is cautioned for wasting time.


Another ball into the Liverpool penalty area finds the head of Samba who forces a fantastic save from Reina. That was the chance for Blackburn.


Roberts attempts a lofted cross into the Liverpool box, but nobody is in the right place and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.


Grella works into some space outside the penalty area before firing a snap shot just wide of the post.


David N'Gog comes on to replace Torres as we move into injury-time.


Babel trys to make something happen for Liverpool, but as he looks to push forward with the ball, he fouls Chimbonda and gives away a free-kick.


Blackburn continue to get stuck in as substitute Grella goes in heavily on Kuy, but escapes a booking.


Liverpool seem relatively comfortable at the moment, but they will want a third goal to make sure of the points.


Liverpool seem the more likely to score next. This time, Gerrard drills a powerful shot just wide of the post from 30 yards.


Roberts is causing the Liverpool defence problems with his strength. He is battling well for his side.


Ryan Babel is introduced to the action in place of Benayoun.


Blackburn now have ten minutes to get themselves back on level terms - can someone step up for them and grab a goal?


Gerrard tries to spread the play once again, but the ball towards Benayoun bounces out of play.


Blackburn look to pile the pressure on the Liverpool defence, but Samba's ball towards goal is awful and goes out of play.


There is a brief break and play as Reina and Kalinic recieve treatment after clashing in the penalty area.


Chimbonda does well to get in a cross from the right wing which floats towards Kalinic only for Reina to get their first.


Blackburn have won just once at Anfield since the Premier League began and it would be a massive turnaround to get three points today.


Free-kick to Blackburn in a dangerous position is taken low by Pedersen and deflects wide of the goal. That could have gone anywhere.


Gerrard knocks in the resulting free-kick and the ball eventually falls to Emiliano Insua who can't find the target with his effort from distance.

Yellow Card

Another Blackburn player is cautioned as Diouf is booked for a foul on Torres.


The pace of the game has really slowed down in the last few minutes. Blackburn will need to make something happen soon.


Gerrard chests the ball down before crossing into the area towards Torres, but Chimbonda manages to hook the ball away.


Liverpool will know how important it is to hold onto the three points today as they have only picked up one point in their last two games.


Torres tries his luck from around 45 yards, but the ball goes comfortably wide of the target.


Jason Roberts comes on for Hoilett as Blackburn make their final change.


David Hoilett collects the ball off Diouf and manages to get a shot away, but it is too close to Reina who collects with ease.


Liverpool move the ball around nicely before Kuyt sets himself up for an overhead kick which goes wide of the target.


Blackburn make another change as Vince Grella replaces the cautioned N'Zonzi.


The ball falls to Andrews at the edge of the area, but he scuffs his shot wide of the post. Poor effort.


N'Zonzi finds some space in the Liverpool half, but his touch lets him down at the crucial moment and the move breaks down.


Blackburn are being very physical at the moment and the Liverpool players are constantly at the referee to make sure it doesn't get out of hand.

Yellow Card

Kalinic is the latest player to go into the book as he leaves his foot in during a challenge on Mascherano.


Gerrard sends Rodriguez on his way again, this time the winger forces an excellent save from Robinson with a powerful shot.


Gerrard whips in the resulting free-kick towards the back post, but it is just to high for the waiting Agger.


Rodriguez collects the ball from Gerrard and moves down the wing at pace before being brought down by Chimbonda.


Blackburn don't seem as confident in this half so far as they did in the opening 45 minutes. They need to believe they can get back in this game.


Blackburn make their first change of the game as Pascal Chimbonda comes on to replace Olsson.


The resulting free-kick is knocked in by Gerrard, but N'Zonzi - who is perhaps lucky to be on the pitch - heads the ball away.

Yellow Card

N'Zonzi is booked for wrestling Lucas to the ground.


Kuyt works space on the right hand side for a cross, but his effort is comfortably collected by Robinson.

Yellow Card

Olsson is booked for delibrate hand ball.


There have been no changes at the break for either team.

Second half

The second half is underway, with both teams knowing that this game is far from decided yet.

Half time

Half-time: LIVERPOOL 2 - 1 BLACKBURN: The home side go into the break ahead after an entertaining opening 45 minutes.


Torres looks to run clear on goal to add to his previous strike, but he is given offside before he can get a shot away.


LIVERPOOL 2 - 1 BLACKBURN: The home side regain the lead as TORRES slots the ball past Robinson after some poor Blackburn defending.


Andrews' penalty was the first time Liverpool have conceded a first-half goal since their defeat to Portsmouth in December.


Gerrard knocks a lofted cross into the penalty area, only for Robinson to punch the ball away once again.


The away side probably deserves that equaliser. They have given as good as they have got so far in this game.


LIVERPOOL 1 - 1 BLACKBURN: KEITH ANDREWS takes the spot kick and manages to squeeze it under the arms of Reina.


The away side win a penalty as Pedersen's shot comes off the arm of Jamie Carragher.


Fabio Aurelio is replaced by Emiliano Insua as Liverpool are forced into an early change.


Gerrard swings the corner into the box, only for Robinson to produce a solid punch away. Good stuff from the former Tottenham man.


Mascherano runs forward with purposes before his deflected shot goes wide for a corner to Liverpool.


Blackburn knock a high ball into the penalty area and Reina hesitates before eventually clearing away.


Gerrard is starting to dictate everything in midfield at the moment and Allardyce will want to do something about this.


Agger and Kalinic are having a real battle this afternoon and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.


Diouf shows some good skill to win a corner for his side which is clipped in by Pedersen only for Mascherano to head the ball away.


Liverpool are increasing the tempo of their game now as Dirk Kuyt heads just wide from Gerrard's accurate corner.


Agger sends a high and looping back pass towards Reina, which the Liverpool keeper deals with well before knocking the ball into the Blackburn half.


Corner for the home side is whipped in by Gerrard towards the near post, but Benayoun can't quite get his head on the ball and the move breaks down.


Gerrard knocks the resulting free-kick towards Rodriguez, only for Diouf to get there first and smash the ball away.


Pedersen is down after being hit in the face by the arm of Lucas Leiva, but the free-kick goes the way of the home side.


Gerrard moves the ball across the pitch towards Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez who forces a decent save from Paul Robinson in the Blackburn goal.


Rafael Benitez would certainly like his team to get a few goals today as they have only scored three in their last 5 games.


Liverpool have been dangerous on the break in the last few minutes and will be looking to add to their lead soon.


Blackburn go straight up the other end and almost equalise, but two Pedersen shots are saved by Reina.


LIVERPOOL 1 - 0 BLACKBURN: The home side take the lead as GERRARD exchanges passes with Benayoun before firing into the net.


The ball almost falls for Kalinic after another ball forward from the Blackburn defence, but Yossi Benayoun gets their first to clear the danger.

Yellow Card

Michel Salgado is booked for bringing down Torres as the Liverpool striker ran towards goal.


Kalinic runs at the Liverpool defence before cutting inside and curling a shot inches wide of the post.


Pedersen causes problems with a long throw over the Liverpool defence and Nikola Kalinic gets himself in a good position before being called offside.


Torres trys to work himself into some space, but he can't get the ball under control enough to get a shot away. He is seeing a lot of the ball so far though.


Daniel Agger heads the ball away for Liverpool, but only as far as Morten Gamst Pedersen who forces a decent save from Reina.


Sam Allardyce doesn't have the best record at Anfield as a manager, in fact, he has never won a league game at Liverpool in seven attempts.


Javier Mascherano moves forward down the right hand side and manages to get a cross in, but Samba is there to hook the ball out of play.


The Blackburn players weren't happy with that decision as they felt Torres went down far too easily.


Torres brings the ball down superbly before turning towards goal before being fouled by Steven N'Zonzi.


Steven Gerrard pushes forward for the first time and almost threads the perfect ball through to Torres, but Samba is there to clear the danger.


Martin Olsson works into some space and fires a shot just wide from distance. Reina was worried for a second there.


Liverpool haven't got themselves on the ball much as yet, but they will be boosted by the fact that they have lost just once to Blackbrun in their last 22 league meetings.


Another corner for the visitors is curled into the box, only for Fernando Torres to hook the ball away. Good start from Blackburn though.


Early corner for Blackburn is whipped in by Diouf onto the head of Christopher Samba who heads into the arms of Jose Manuel Reina.


El Hadji Diouf is jeered by the Liverpool fans as soon as he touches the ball. He will want to prove them wrong this afternoon.


They are underway at Anfield in a match between Champions League chasing Liverpool and mid-table Blackburn Rovers.