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Alex Baptiste crosses the ball, clearance by Daniel Agger.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Matt Phillips. Neal Eardley takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Raul Meireles. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.
Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball.
The ball is sent over by Raul Meireles, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
The ball is sent over by Jonjo Shelvey, Richard Kingson makes a save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dudley Campbell. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.
David Ngog on for Christian Poulsen.
David Ngog replaces Christian Poulsen.
Charlie Adam booked. Luke Varney goes off and Keith Southern comes on. Alex Baptiste joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
The referee shows Charlie Adam a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Keith Southern coming on for Luke Varney. Alex Baptiste is brought on as a substitute for Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Charlie Adam. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips, save by Jose Reina.
The ball is delivered by Raul Meireles, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Booking for Fernando Torres for dissent. Fernando Torres fouled by Neal Eardley, the ref awards a free kick. Raul Meireles crosses the ball in from the free kick, Craig Cathcart fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Matt Phillips.
Jonjo Shelvey on for Dirk Kuyt.
The ball is swung over by Milan Jovanovic, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Centre by Milan Jovanovic, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Matt Phillips sends in a cross.
Matt Phillips produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Dudley Campbell handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
Centre by Martin Kelly, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Fernando Torres sends in a cross, Header on goal by Raul Meireles from just inside the area goes over the goal.
Dudley Campbell finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Blackpool 2-1 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Ian Evatt.
Matt Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, clearance by Fernando Torres.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save. Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
Centre by Milan Jovanovic, blocked by Neal Eardley.
David Vaughan delivers the ball.
Charlie Adam fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.
Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
(Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Matt Phillips coming on for Elliot Grandin.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dudley Campbell. Christian Poulsen restarts play with the free kick.
Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Kelly. Raul Meireles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Craig Cathcart. Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, clearance by Charlie Adam.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
The ball is sent over by Martin Kelly.
Milan Jovanovic produces a cross, Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
The ball is swung over by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, David Vaughan takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Adam.
Christian Poulsen takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Milan Jovanovic on Neal Eardley. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
Luke Varney delivers the ball, save by Jose Reina.
Charlie Adam crosses the ball.
Short corner worked by Luke Varney.
Dudley Campbell fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
Centre by Glen Johnson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Kelly on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Dudley Campbell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Leiva Lucas, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, clearance by Neal Eardley. Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Richard Kingson.
Neal Eardley crosses the ball.
The referee gives a free kick against David Vaughan for handball. The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles, Daniel Agger takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
The referee blows for offside against Fernando Torres. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Neal Eardley.
Luke Varney concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Kelly. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by Craig Cathcart.
Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres.
Handball decision goes against Dudley Campbell. Christian Poulsen restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Stephen Crainey, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Milan Jovanovic, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Christian Poulsen results in a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Jose Reina makes a save.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Gary Taylor-Fletcher goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Craig Cathcart. Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on David Vaughan. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
Martin Kelly is shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Kelly on Luke Varney. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt.
Caution for Milan Jovanovic. The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt. Handball by Milan Jovanovic. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Luke Varney crosses the ball, save made by Jose Reina.
The official flags Luke Varney offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
The official flags Luke Varney offside. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Milan Jovanovic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick. The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, Dudley Campbell has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Handball by Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.
Goal scored by Gary Taylor-Fletcher from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-1 Liverpool.The assist for the goal came from David Vaughan.
Leiva Lucas is adjudged to have handled the ball. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, save by Jose Reina.
A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles.
The ball is sent over by Martin Kelly, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
Glen Johnson delivers the ball, save by Richard Kingson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Cathcart by Fernando Torres. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Fernando Torres from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Martin Kelly.
The game gets underway.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The second half begins.
The match has reached full-time.
Blackpool will revert to a more familiar line-up for the Barclays Premier League visit of Liverpool.
Ian Holloway rested most of his first-team squad as he made nine changes for the FA Cup third-round loss to Southampton on Saturday.
Neal Eardley and Matthew Phillips could again be retained but senior players such as Richard Kingson, Craig Cathcart, Stephen Crainey, Ian Evatt, Charlie Adam, David Vaughan and Luke Varney all return.
Elliot Grandin is available again after a hamstring injury but Marlon Harewood and Matt Gilks are out long term while Australian David Carney is at the Asian Cup.
Blackpool won at Anfield earlier in the season and head into the rearranged clash - which was postponed on Boxing Day due to freezing conditions - below the Reds only on goal difference.
Holloway said: "I can't wait. How can there ever be a bad time to play Liverpool? It'll be very special for the fans.
"Liverpool is just down the road - they've always been miles ahead but now we're on the same playing field. Three points available in the same league!
"It's fantastic for us, but not so much for them. It's probably a game their fans will think they should win, so that brings its own pressures."
New Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish goes into his first league match since his surprise return at the weekend without the services of captain Steven Gerrard.
The England midfielder was sent off in the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United and serves a three-match ban.
Right-back Glen Johnson missed the Old Trafford match to be with his heavily-pregnant wife and would remain a doubt if she has still not given birth.
Midfielder Joe Cole (ankle) and defender Paul Konchesky (dead leg) will be assessed before the short trip up the coast and although midfielder Jay Spearing has recovered from a broken ankle he will play for the reserves on Tuesday.
Dalglish will employ the personal touch to impart his vast experience to the players and spark the necessary revival at Anfield.
The 59-year-old won eight first division championships - three as manager - with the Reds and also a Premier League title while boss at Blackburn.
And he believes concentrating on the staff he has rather than looking for quick-fix transfers, together with plenty of hard work, will restore Liverpool's fortunes after a difficult six months under Roy Hodgson.
"I think it is the best squad of players I have inherited as a manager since the first time I came here," said Dalglish, who also managed at Newcastle and Celtic.
"We don't have much time to get things up and running so the most important people for us are the people here and we will concentrate on them first and everyone will be given an opportunity.
"As far as I can see, the players are 100% committed to what they want to do - to move onwards and upwards. There are no splits or divisions."
More woes for Reds
The manager and the year may have changed but Liverpool's problems away from home continued as Kenny Dalglish's first Barclays Premier League match since returning as boss ended in a 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.
Liverpool's troubles on the road contributed to the departure of Roy Hodgson last weekend but the Seasiders showed October's win by the same score at Anfield was no fluke.
Fernando Torres had given Dalglish the ideal start with a third-minute strike but goals from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell extended Liverpool's miserable away league record to just two victories in almost 13 months.
It was not the start the 59-year-old Scot was expecting on his return to the top flight after more than 12 years away.
Dalglish said when he took over at the weekend he did not think the game had altered much.
However, when he was last in charge of Liverpool almost 20 years ago, Blackpool were in the old Fourth Division and the times are changing as Blackpool secured their first league double over Liverpool since 1947.
It had all begun so well for the visitors, looking to bounce back from Sunday's FA Cup exit at Manchester United.
After that game Dalglish had promised to get Torres back to his best after a laboured season and he was true to his word as the Spaniard struck in double-quick time from the kick-off.
And the goal came from another of the manager's tactical decisions, which saw the returning Glen Johnson, whose partner gave birth to a boy last night, lined up in an unfamiliar left-back position after Martin Kelly's impressive display against United.
Dalglish was rewarded for keeping faith with youngster Kelly as he set up the opening goal.
When Dirk Kuyt span the ball out to the defender he advanced over the halfway line before rolling a pass into the inside-right channel.
Torres did not need a second invitation, racing into the area and even from a tight angle he was able to fire a ferocious shot past Richard Kingson and into the roof of the net.
It was only the Spain international's second goal in his last nine matches and just his seventh of the season.
The visitors' joy lasted only until the 12th minute, however, as when Raul Meireles carelessly gave the ball away to David Vaughan in midfield he played in Taylor-Fletcher to exact the ultimate punishment by running through the defence to roll a shot under Jose Reina.
All the players then ran to the touchline to hold up a T-shirt with the words `4 Butch you Bluenose RIP' - a reference to Macclesfield player Richard Butcher who died suddenly this week.
Blackpool had the better chances in the remainder of the half, with Campbell heading wide from five yards and Taylor-Fletcher almost catching out Reina with a lob from the right wing after the goalkeeper duffed his kick.
The home side stepped up the pressure after the break with Charlie Adam's left-footed drive beaten away by Reina, who then tipped over Vaughan's shot.
Liverpool almost produced an eye-catching response when Milan Jovanovic's left-wing cross to the far post saw Torres volley well over, with the Spaniard also forcing a low save from Kingson this time from the left of the area.
Meireles then cut in from the right to hit a left-footed shot wide while Kuyt's low effort forced Kingson to save at the expense of a corner.
With 21 minutes remaining the Seasiders struck the killer blow when Ian Evatt beat Martin Skrtel to Eardley's deep cross and Campbell headed home.
Meireles' header from Torres' cross at the other end was not as accurate and dropped just over the crossbar.
Liverpool could have had a penalty in the 79th minute when the ball hit Craig Cathcart's arm, which was raised well above his head, but referee Michael Oliver blew for a foul by Torres.
The Reds have now lost 10 of their 21 league matches and eight out of 11 on the road.
If Dalglish wants the job on a permanent basis he will have to find a way of eliminating results such as this.
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