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Header by Fernando Torres from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Fernando Torres fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Michel Salgado takes the direct free kick.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Michel Salgado. Penalty taken by Steven Gerrard and missed.
Benjani Mwaruwari leaves the field to be replaced by Herold Goulon. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Morris by Ryan Babel. Free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.
Goal scored by Steven Gerrard from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 3-1 Liverpool.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Babel.
Ryan Babel replaces David Ngog.
The referee cautions Leiva Lucas for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Leiva Lucas. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
Josh Morris comes on in place of David Dunn. Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn.
El-Hadji Diouf comes on in place of Martin Olsson.
El-Hadji Diouf on for Martin Olsson.
A cross is delivered by Mame Diouf.
Gael Givet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
David Hoilett produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Morten Gamst Pedersen gets a block in.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Mame Diouf. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Joe Cole, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Shot from deep inside the area by Fernando Torres clears the bar.
Joe Cole challenges David Dunn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Jose Reina.
Dirk Kuyt handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
Outswinging corner taken by Leiva Lucas.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Dirk Kuyt. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Nelsen. Free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.
Dirk Kuyt on for Rodriguez Maxi.
Benjani Mwaruwari finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 3-0 Liverpool.David Hoilett provided the assist for the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Joe Cole. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
Benjani Mwaruwari concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Agger. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Cole on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.
Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
Daniel Agger replaces Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn. Corner taken short by Steven Gerrard.
David Dunn is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Foul by David Dunn on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a cross, Jose Reina makes a save.
Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Mame Diouf. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
Fernando Torres fouled by Ryan Nelsen, the ref awards a free kick. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Shot from deep inside the area by Martin Skrtel goes over the bar.
Foul by Gael Givet on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
Shot from outside the box by Martin Olsson misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Steven Gerrard on David Dunn, free kick awarded. Ryan Nelsen restarts play with the free kick.
Fernando Torres crosses the ball, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard.
Corner taken short by Steven Gerrard.
Benjani Mwaruwari finds the net with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 2-0 Liverpool.The assist for the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Nelsen. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
Christopher Samba challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
Centre by David Hoilett, save by Jose Reina.
A goal is scored by Martin Olsson from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Liverpool.The assist for the goal came from Mame Diouf.
Joe Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
Shot from deep inside the area by Mame Diouf goes over the bar.
Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn. Corner taken right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi, clearance by Christopher Samba.
David Dunn challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Benjani Mwaruwari on Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by David Hoilett results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by David Ngog results in a free kick. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.
Shot from long distance by David Dunn goes over the bar.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, save made by Mark Bunn.
Mame Diouf takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
David Dunn produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson, clearance by Paul Konchesky.
Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Benjani Mwaruwari. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Mame Diouf is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
Martin Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Fernando Torres has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.
The referee gets the game started.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The game restarts for the second half.
The match has reached full-time.
Defender Christopher Samba returns from a three-match absence to captain Blackburn at home to Liverpool.
The centre-back has been out with an ankle problem but is fit to play, along with Michel Salgado who served a one-match suspension in Saturday's defeat at Sunderland.
Striker Nikola Kalinic still has two matches of his ban outstanding so he misses out against the Merseysiders, as does midfielder Brett Emerton who has joined up with Australia for their Asian Cup campaign.
Goalkeeper Paul Robinson is still sidelined with a calf injury while Grant Hanley will undergo further tests after scans yesterday suggested he could have a stress fracture in his shin.
Manager Steve Kean's blueprint for Rovers appears to differ from the lofty ambitions of the club's owners as he seeks to build a solid squad while they talk about signing Ronaldinho and David Beckham.
Venky's, the India-based poultry company, are trying to lure AC Milan's Brazil international to Ewood Park with a £20million-plus three-year contract.
And while Kean is happy to "sprinkle some magic" on his squad he is more concerned with putting together a group of players who can establish the club as consistent top-10 performers.
Having had up to nine senior players unavailable to him since taking over from Sam Allardyce less than a month ago Kean requires substance over style.
"The way we are with injuries at the moment and the stability of the squad hopefully we can add four or five other players and then if we can get another big name like that (of Ronaldinho) it will be the icing on the cake," said the Rovers boss.
"Once we can get all the injured players back we can get up into a bracket where we are solid and looking to push beyond the top 10 and then you can attract players easier. If we can get stable and into the top 10 we can then look forward to the next transfer window."
Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
The Portugal international was forced off in the first half of Saturday's victory over Bolton, and although the bruising on the bone is not as bad as initially thought he will not feature at Ewood Park.
Steven Gerrard, who played a pivotal role after coming off the bench to replace Meireles, appears the most obvious replacement but manager Roy Hodgson has admitted the likes of the captain and Fernando Torres could be rested in a busy January.
Hodgson remains positive about his and the club's future, insisting he is doing his best to justify his appointment.
Despite a much-needed injury-time victory over Bolton, speculation still persists that the 63-year-old's days are numbered at Anfield.
After taking over in October - three months after Hodgson's appointment by the previous regime - owners New England Sports Ventures are believed to be exploring options for a change of manager.
Ralf Rangnick, who resigned as coach of Hoffenheim at the weekend after a difference of opinion with the club's owner, is the latest to be added to a list of potential successors.
After Saturday's win, Hodgson bemoaned the "negativity" of the conjecture about his position at the club but stressed he was able to rise above it.
"When you get given the job you climb up to the top of a greasy pole - we all do that - but at least you are on the pole and you have been given the chance," said the Reds boss, who has had to endure the Kop calling for him to be replaced by Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish and faced sarcastic chants of "Hodgson for England".
"I am on an exceptionally lofty pole because the club is one of the biggest in the world and that is why when you get the job here you are so pleased you are chosen. I will be doing my best during the time I am working here to justify my selection and trying to get the team playing the sort of football we played against Bolton.
"But it was not just against Bolton, I can give you six or seven games where we have played as well as that. I can also, with no attempt at modesty, point out we have played 10 difficult games in Europe without even using the bulk of our first-team players and we have reached the last 32 of the Europa League.
"I still see a lot of things positively and my glass is absolutely half full rather than half empty at the moment. I am hoping in the second half of the season we will kick on, especially if there is the possibility to add a player or two in the transfer window."
Defeat put Hodgson on brink
Roy Hodgson has survived many low points in his short spell as Liverpool manager but a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn would seem to be one disaster too far and could hasten his exit from Anfield.
Even before Saturday's injury-time winner against Bolton the suggestion was club owners New England Sports Ventures were actively looking for a replacement.
On this performance they will probably have to speed up that search as two goals from Benjani Mwaruwari, who had not started since November 6 and scored once in 12 previous appearances, and one from Martin Olsson condemned the Reds to a ninth Barclays Premier League defeat of the season, despite Steven Gerrard's late consolation.
The now almost-obligatory chants for club legend Kenny Dalglish surfaced in the second half and at one point it seemed all four sides of Ewood Park were singing "You're getting sacked in the morning" to Hodgson.
Liverpool had lost just one of their previous 24 league meetings against Blackburn but even that was not enough encouragement for the travelling fans.
They voted with their feet, as they had done against Bolton on Saturday when Anfield was about 8,000 below capacity, and for the first time failed to fill the Darwen End at Ewood Park.
Pity the poor souls who made the short journey east as they had to endure a result more demoralising than the 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves last week.
Despite coming up against one of the most lightweight midfields in the Premier League - Olsson, David Dunn, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Junior Hoilett - Liverpool failed to impose themselves on the game.
Fernando Torres, who was on the end of some tough tackling but nothing over the top, flashed an early header wide but spent most of the game complaining to referee Andre Marriner.
Rovers looked far more threatening and after Dunn had volleyed over from the edge of the penalty area and Mame Biram Diouf had bundled an eight-yard shot straight at Jose Reina they found their shooting boots.
Defender Ryan Nelsen was given plenty of time in the centre circle to play the ball out to Diouf on the left and when he knocked it on Olsson raced past the static Glen Johnson to fire past Reina in the 32nd minute.
Five minutes later it was Sotirios Kyrgiakos' turn to be slow to react as Benjani controlled Pedersen's cross on his chest and turned to lash a ferocious volley past Reina.
By contrast the most work Rovers' inexperienced goalkeeper Mark Bunn, deputising for the injured Paul Robinson, had to do was fingertip Joe Cole's angled shot wide of the far post.
The Liverpool manager's misery was complete when in the 57th minute Hoilett went around Martin Skrtel and Johnson as if they were not there and from the byline crossed for Benjani to sidefoot home his second of the night.
In almost an exact replay of Benjani's second goal Diouf ran into the left of the area and crossed into the six-yard box but Hoilett could not get his outstretched foot on the ball.
Gerrard, on his 550th Liverpool appearance, fired in an 80th-minute consolation when Torres' shot was blocked but that barely raised a cheer from the travelling support.
When the captain ballooned over a penalty five minutes later, after being fouled by Salgado, any hopes of an Istanbul-style fightback were dashed.
But even an occurrence such as that would have done nothing to mask the malaise the club are currently in.
Hodgson, as both Fulham and Liverpool manager, has now won just two away league games since the start of the 2009/10 season.
That has contributed significantly to his problems but a failure to win over fans and impose a suitably offensive style of play have also been a factor.
This result and the embarrassing sound of Rovers fans singing "Can we play you every week" and "Are you Burnley in disguise" will not have gone unnoticed in the Boston headquarters of NESV.
The next move is surely theirs and it is one Hodgson will be dreading.
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