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  • Date:24 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Kyrgiakos (47) Torres (52)
  • Jamie Carragher - og (49)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Vincenzo Grella challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vincenzo Grella receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.

92mins

Michel Salgado challenges Rodriguez Maxi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.

89mins

Benjani Mwaruwari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Raul Meireles goes off and Jonjo Shelvey comes on. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

85mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles takes a shot. Morten Gamst Pedersen gets a block in.

85mins

The ball is swung over by Jamie Carragher, clearance made by Michel Salgado.

82mins

Unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Raul Meireles results in a free kick. Raul Meireles goes into the book. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

81mins

Michel Salgado sends in a cross, clearance by Leiva Lucas.

80mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, save by Jose Reina.

78mins

Joe Cole goes off and David Ngog comes on.

77mins

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Paul Konchesky, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

76mins

Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

76mins

Joe Cole challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.

75mins

A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Martin Skrtel.

73mins

Benjani Mwaruwari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

72mins

The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson.

70mins

Martin Olsson crosses the ball, Joe Cole makes a clearance.

69mins

Shot by Morten Gamst Pedersen from outside the box goes over the net.

67mins

Rodriguez Maxi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. Rodriguez Maxi goes into the referee's book. David Hoilett on for David Dunn. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

66mins

Joe Cole takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in.

66mins

Joe Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.

66mins

A cross is delivered by Joe Cole, clearance by Phil Jones.

66mins

Jamie Carragher crosses the ball, Phil Jones makes a clearance.

64mins

Jamie Carragher produces a cross, clearance made by Gael Givet.

63mins

Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, Sotirios Kyrgiakos produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

61mins

Benjani Mwaruwari challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the free kick.

60mins

The ball is swung over by Joe Cole.

59mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, Benjani Mwaruwari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Reina. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

58mins

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

56mins

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

56mins

Raul Meireles concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincenzo Grella. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

53mins

Fernando Torres fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn.Assist by Joe Cole.

53mins

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.

51mins

El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Konchesky.

51mins

Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

50mins

Own goal by Jamie Carragher. Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn.

50mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

50mins

Jamie Carragher sends in a cross, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.

49mins

Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

48mins

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Sotirios Kyrgiakos finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1-0 Blackburn.Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.

47mins

Centre by Brett Emerton, Jose Reina makes a save.

46mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball.

46mins

Paul Konchesky fouled by Brett Emerton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

46mins

Nikola Kalinic leaves the field to be replaced by Benjani Mwaruwari.

45mins

Steven Gerrard crosses the ball.

45mins

David Dunn sends in a cross, Jose Reina makes a save.

44mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brett Emerton by Raul Meireles. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

43mins

Jamie Carragher crosses the ball, Fernando Torres takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.

43mins

Rodriguez Maxi produces a cross.

41mins

Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Leiva Lucas produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

40mins

Raul Meireles takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.

40mins

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Morten Gamst Pedersen manages to make a clearance.

39mins

Fernando Torres delivers the ball, Gael Givet gets a block in.

38mins

Raul Meireles sends in a cross, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.

37mins

Raul Meireles takes a shot. El-Hadji Diouf gets a block in.

37mins

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gael Givet.

34mins

Foul by Rodriguez Maxi on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

33mins

Vincenzo Grella comes on in place of Steven Nzonzi. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, David Dunn makes a clearance.

32mins

The referee blows for offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

32mins

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Jamie Carragher, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

30mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Fernando Torres. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.

29mins

Rodriguez Maxi concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Nzonzi. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Steven Gerrard. Gael Givet is booked. Martin Olsson goes into the referee's book for dissent. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Martin Olsson.

27mins

Corner from left by-line crossed in by Steven Gerrard, clearance by David Dunn.

26mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the right by-line to the near post, David Dunn makes a clearance.

25mins

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

25mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save made by Jose Reina.

25mins

The ball is swung over by David Dunn, Paul Konchesky gets a block in.

24mins

Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

23mins

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Morten Gamst Pedersen manages to make a clearance.

23mins

Jamie Carragher sends in a cross, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.

21mins

Centre by Jamie Carragher, clearance by Michel Salgado.

21mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jones on Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

20mins

The offside flag is raised against David Dunn. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Sotirios Kyrgiakos results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

18mins

Effort on goal by Rodriguez Maxi from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

17mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.

17mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

15mins

The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Jose Reina.

14mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Paul Konchesky. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

13mins

Centre by Jamie Carragher, Header from close in by Fernando Torres misses to the left of the goal.

12mins

The ball is delivered by Paul Konchesky, clearance by Martin Olsson.

11mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, save by Paul Robinson.

10mins

Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, clearance made by Phil Jones.

9mins

Gael Givet produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

9mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Gael Givet clears the bar.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Rodriguez Maxi. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.

8mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen fouled by Rodriguez Maxi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.

8mins

Effort from inside the area by Raul Meireles misses to the left of the target.

8mins

Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

6mins

Martin Skrtel is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

5mins

Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right channel, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

5mins

Paul Konchesky crosses the ball, clearance made by Gael Givet.

3mins

Joe Cole delivers the ball, Paul Robinson makes a save.

3mins

The ball is delivered by Jamie Carragher.

2mins

Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Reina. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

1mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Michel Salgado. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

The referee gets the game started.

The referee blows for half time.

The game restarts for the second half.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Big guns back for Reds Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is set to revert to his strongest line-up for Sunday's visit of Blackburn after resting a number of players in midweek. Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles and Lucas Leiva are all set to return after being left at home for the Europa goalless draw against Napoli in Italy. Defender Jamie Carragher came off at half-time in that game and needs to be given the all-clear to play but right-back Glen Johnson is set to return after missing the last two games with a hamstring problem. Centre-back Daniel Agger missed the trip because of illness but could come back into the squad. Forward Dirk Kuyt is still at least a couple of weeks away from returning from an ankle injury. Hodgson believes the club's struggles this season will make them a stronger unit over time. The 63-year-old faces former club Blackburn knowing his side have to put in a performance after just one victory in eight Premier League matches. Liverpool's position in the relegation zone is unfamiliar territory for a club which is used to regularly finishing in the top four and excelling in Europe. At the moment, just qualifying for next season's Europa League would be an achievement but Hodgson remains confident his team will rise to the challenge and prove their - and his - critics wrong. "I think we are getting stronger as a team and a squad and we are becoming more organised in the sense of how I would like to see us organised," he told Press Association Sport. "As far as I am concerned it is still a work in progress and we have an awful lot of rebuilding to do. "But having gone to Naples after a derby defeat and getting a good goalless draw with a team no-one expected to get that is positive going into the game on Sunday. "What we need is a bit of luck. When you are down there and you are not getting the victories the pressure builds up and confidence takes a battering and everyone starts to question things. "There is lots of speculation and negative things being said but we understand that. It is par for the course and that is what football is. "But the only way you can get out of it is keep working hard, keep trying to get those results and then hopefully, when you have done it, it will make you stronger for it. "Most of the players and myself are more accustomed to pats on the back than kicks in the teeth but we also know that in football kicks in the teeth are part of the game. "What you do is try to keep as many teeth as you can and try to get on with it." Christopher Samba is suspended but Ryan Nelsen may have recovered from a thigh injury picked up on international duty. Keith Andrews (groin), Jason Roberts (ankle) and Vince Grella (hamstring) are out. New recruit Herold Goulon, who signed a two-year deal after a successful trial period, will not feature as he awaits international clearance. Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce believes Liverpool counterpart Hodgson deserves time to address the Reds' on-field ills - but is hoping to add to them. Liverpool have finally completed a protracted change of ownership and Allardyce insists Hodgson cannot be blamed for all Liverpool's failings so far this season. "I always thought this would be a year of transition for a club that has sold off a lot of its players and Roy has a huge task, but I didn't think they would have as few points as they have at the moment," said the Blackburn manager. "All the pressure of the takeover and the money situation has obviously affected the team. "There's a healthy atmosphere in a football club that you can feel that there's something great and it's building, and there's the opposite which has created a knock to that normal Liverpool feeling. "It's one of the institutions of football made great by the late, great Bill Shankly and that has declined now, the feeling has been lost and it's a great shame, and that's what they must grasp back. "It's not just down to Roy Hodgson, it's the structure of the club as a whole, building the atmosphere back. "I feel for Roy, he seems to be bearing the brunt of the blame. If he gets enough time he will get it right."

Formation:4231Manager: Roy Hodgson

Liverpool

Formation: 4411Manager: Sam Allardyce

Blackburn

  • Jose Reina
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Sotirios Kyrgiakos
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Paul Konchesky
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Raul Meireles
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Joe Cole
  • Fernando Torres
  • SUBS
  • Brad Jones
  • Milan Jovanovic
  • Ryan Babel
  • David Ngog
  • Christian Poulsen
  • Jonjo Shelvey
  • Martin Kelly

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Match Report

Torres provides welcome relief for Reds Fernando Torres ended his six-match goal drought with the winner in a 2-1 triumph over Blackburn to provide a much-needed boost at Anfield. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson had kept the Reds at bay until Sotirios Kyrgiakos' 48th-minute header and although a Jamie Carragher own goal quickly levelled things up Torres struck only his second of the season soon after. It ended a run of seven matches without a victory in all competitions and although it was still not enough to lift Liverpool out of the bottom three the result came as a welcome relief. Torres, starved of service, has looked woefully out of form with his only goal coming in the 1-0 win over West Brom at the end of August. However, if the Spain international could have chosen any team to play against it would have been Rovers, against whom he has now scored five times in their last four meetings. And it can be no coincidence Liverpool's only two Barclays Premier League victories have been as a result of Torres applying the decisive finish. It was the very least representatives of New England Sports Ventures, in the crowd after their #300million buy-out just over a week ago, will have wanted to see. It may have been for their benefit that there was a guest appearance by Gerry Marsden to sing a live rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone. The change in the pre-match routine appeared to have the desired effect on Liverpool but, although it was as positive a first half as they had put in under manager Roy Hodgson, it still failed to produce a goal. That was in part due to Robinson, who was at his sharpest to deny the hosts on several occasions. His best save came in only the eighth minute when Torres' ball around the corner to Maxi Rodriguez saw the Argentina international cross low for Joe Cole but his first-time shot was blocked by the goalkeeper and a stretching Raul Meireles drove the rebound wide. Kyrgiakos's header from Steven Gerrard's corner was also kept out by Robinson, with the goalkeeper then diving to his left to deny Gerrard who had launched a quick counter-attack from a Rovers corner. Blackburn were content to sit back but their task was made slightly more difficult when they lost defensive midfielder Steven Nzonzi to a hamstring injury. The Red tide continued up to half-time with a Meireles piledriver pole-axing Michel Salgado and Lucas Leiva just failing to get his header on target from Kyrgiakos' flick-on of Gerrard's resulting corner. After the interval Benjani Mwaruwari came on for Nikola Kalinic but the second half was only three minutes old when Liverpool finally took the lead. Kyrgiakos had been a threat in the air all afternoon and when he rose to powerfully meet Gerrard's corner Martin Olsson could not keep the ball from going into the net. Two minutes later it should have been 2-0 as Robinson only half-saved Rodriguez's header from Gerrard's quickly-taken corner and Kyrgiakos appeared to be fouled by Phil Jones in challenging for the rebound. The ball dropped to Rodriguez but his effort was charged down. Such has been Liverpool's luck this season that Rovers went straight down the other end and scored as Paul Konchesky's goalline clearance from El-Hadji Diouf's shot cannoned back off Carragher and into the net. But a sign the Reds' fortunes were changing came in the 53rd minute when Torres ghosted in at the far post to side-foot home Cole's cross. Cole was replaced by David Ngog with 11 minutes remaining but it was Blackburn who were the ones pushing for the next goal. It was not entirely comfortable for Liverpool, who were restricted to the counter-attack with one Gerrard pass almost picking out Torres, but they found the resilience which had been missing for most of the season. Hodgson had described the match as "must win". His side did that and, despite their lowly position, are just six points from fifth-placed Tottenham. However, they are going to have to build on this by putting a run of good results together if their campaign is really going to turn a corner. Hodgson, whose position has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, is not out of the woods yet.

Form Guide

    WDLDLL
  • Liverpool
  • VS
  • Blackburn
  • LDDWLD

Last Meetings

  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 28/02/2010
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 05/12/2009
  • Liverpool
  • 4 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 11/04/2009
  • Blackburn
  • 1 - 3
  • Liverpool
  • 06/12/2008
  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 13/04/2008
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 03/11/2007

Top Scorers

Liverpool

  • S Gerrard 2
  • D Kuyt 1
  • S Kyrgiakos 1
  • FJ Torres 1
  • D Ngog 1

Blackburn

  • N Kalinic 2
  • B Emerton 1
  • C Samba 1
  • MB Diouf 1
  • S Nzonzi 1

Goals

Liverpool

    • Total goals 20
    • Goals per game 7
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackburn

    • Total goals 20
    • Goals per game 7
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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