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  • Date:26 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:44,441
  • Maxi (52)
  • Charlie Adam - og (44)
Goal!

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95:15 +5.15

Daniel Agger takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Henley.

94:57 +4.57

Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Bellamy.

94:42 +4.42

Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.

93:58 +3.58

Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Skrtel. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

93:16 +3.16

David Goodwillie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ayegbeni Yakubu.

92:59 +2.59

Radosav Petrovic has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

92:05 +2.05

Sanchez Jose Enrique challenges Simon Vukcevic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jason Lowe.

91:27 +1.27

Glen Johnson produces a cross.

90:40 +0.40

Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save made by Mark Bunn.

88:23

Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

87:26

Shot from just outside the box by Sanchez Jose Enrique misses to the left of the target.

86:49

Adam Henley challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

86:33

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.

85:00

The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

83:58

Radosav Petrovic on for David Dunn.

83:24

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.

83:01

Mauro Formica has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

80:13

Craig Bellamy replaces Rodriguez Maxi.

79:50

The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Header from close range by Andy Carroll misses to the right of the target.

79:23

Glen Johnson sends in a cross, clearance made by Grant Hanley.

78:30

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.

78:03

Effort from inside the area by David Dunn misses to the left of the target.

77:08

Glen Johnson produces a cross, Luis Suarez has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

74:46

(Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Simon Vukcevic coming on for David Hoilett.

74:32

Long range shot by Steven Gerrard goes wide right of the net.

74:26

Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, clearance made by Christopher Samba.

71:09

Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Ayegbeni Yakubu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina. Daniel Agger is cautioned.

70:17

Glen Johnson produces a cross, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.

67:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Henley on Luis Suarez. (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Steven Gerrard coming on for Charlie Adam. Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Rodriguez Maxi produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

67:34

Luis Suarez fouled by Grant Hanley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Suarez.

64:54

Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by David Dunn results in a free kick. Jordan Henderson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Mark Bunn.

64:40

Stewart Downing crosses the ball, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

63:51

Charlie Adam produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal. Shot by Andy Carroll. Blocked by Grant Hanley.

63:40

The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Grant Hanley.

62:09

The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

60:50

Stewart Downing delivers the ball, clearance by Christopher Samba.

59:59

Corner taken short by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

58:20

The ball is crossed by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Christopher Samba. Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from close range by Luis Suarez goes wide left of the target.

57:54

A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Grant Hanley.

57:42

Luis Suarez sends in a cross, clearance by Grant Hanley.

55:57

Effort on goal by Sanchez Jose Enrique from long range goes over the bar.

54:20

Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Andy Carroll goes over the bar.

53:50

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance by Ayegbeni Yakubu.

52:26

Rodriguez Maxi grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Martin Skrtel.

52:10

Stewart Downing takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Christopher Samba.

51:42

The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.

50:22

Luis Suarez is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Bunn.

49:50

Stewart Downing crosses the ball.

49:21

Daniel Agger concedes a free kick for a foul on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Free kick taken by David Dunn.

48:50

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.

48:05

Charlie Adam takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.

47:33

Centre by Luis Suarez, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

46:52 +1.52

The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Mark Bunn makes a save.

46:40

Stewart Downing fouled by Grant Hanley, the ref awards a free kick. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

45:36

Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Mauro Formica gets a block in. Charlie Adam handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.

44:20

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line played to the near post, Charlie Adam scores an own goal from 6 yards. Liverpool 0-1 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

43:26

The ball is crossed by Luis Suarez.

42:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Martin Skrtel. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.

41:27

Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by David Hoilett results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

38:29

Corner from right by-line taken by Stewart Downing.

35:53

The ball is swung over by Ayegbeni Yakubu.

35:26

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a short corner.

33:47

Luis Suarez is caught offside. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.

32:06

Rodriguez Maxi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Bunn.

31:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.

31:03

The referee blows for offside against Andy Carroll. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.

30:29

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Henley.

29:19

The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, save by Mark Bunn.

27:32

Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

26:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick crossed right-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

26:34

Andy Carroll takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.

26:27

The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

26:11

Centre by Stewart Downing.

26:02

A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, clearance by Christopher Samba.

25:46

The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

24:57

The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

23:31

Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.

22:42

Shot by Jordan Henderson from outside the box goes over the net.

22:30

Stewart Downing produces a cross, clearance made by Grant Hanley.

22:01

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

21:29

David Dunn challenges Rodriguez Maxi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

19:51

Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Henley. Adam Henley takes the free kick.

18:58

Effort from the edge of the area by Luis Suarez goes wide of the left-hand upright.

18:08

Effort on goal by Luis Suarez from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

16:16

The ball is sent over by Jason Lowe, clearance by Martin Skrtel.

14:03

Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

10:57

Grant Hanley challenges Stewart Downing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam, save by Mark Bunn.

10:36

Jason Lowe crosses the ball, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.

9:16

Ayegbeni Yakubu is adjudged to have handled the ball. Martin Skrtel takes the indirect free kick.

8:34

Grant Hanley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Luis Suarez.

7:21

Glen Johnson delivers the ball, Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

5:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Dunn on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

4:31

Luis Suarez crosses the ball, clearance made by Christopher Samba. Charlie Adam takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Mark Bunn.

3:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Suarez. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.

3:14

Centre by Glen Johnson, Mark Bunn makes a save.

1:09

Christopher Samba challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luis Suarez has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

Match Preview

Dalglish happy with Spearing's attitude Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will welcome Jay Spearing back into his squad after suspension by telling the combative midfielder not to change his game. The 23-year-old was sent off against Fulham earlier this month after he cleanly won the ball in a tackle with Moussa Dembele but caught the forward with an exaggerated follow-through. His sending-off provoked a furious response from his team-mates and landed the club with a Football Association misconduct charge for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. Spearing's return adds greater defensive stability to the squad in the season-long absence of Lucas Leiva, who has been sidelined after cruciate knee surgery. Dalglish is delighted to have the academy graduate's combative qualities at his disposal again and sees no reason for the player to tone down his approach. "There was no maliciousness in his tackle. He was totally focused on winning the ball," said the Scot ahead of the Boxing Day visit of bottom-side Blackburn. "He did win the ball but his momentum came through and made contact with Dembele. "It was maybe over-enthusiasm but that is not something you'd complain about in football - at that age you'd expect him to be. "I'm sure he'll be more knowledgeable for his experience but there is nothing he needs to change greatly. "Everybody's character is different but character is what makes you successful - and the wee man has certainly been successful here. "We don't intend - or need to - change the boy's character. He just needs to be a bit more mature and I'm sure the three games (suspension) has taught him that." Dalglish said, with a packed festive programme ahead, Spearing's enforced rest may turn out to be a positive as he looks to rotate the squad. "It was disappointing to lose him because he was doing really well," said the Reds boss. "He's served his punishment and maybe that's an advantage with the games coming quite quickly. "But he's got nothing to prove to us - we know what Jay can do, we know what he's about and he's done very well for us in the past. "There is no reason to think he's not going to do well in the future." Dalglish, his coaching team and the club's medical staff will keep a watchful eye on the players as they prepare for a run of nine matches in 36 days up until the end of January. But the manager will not be looking beyond Monday's fixture as he looks for the side to get back to winning ways after a goalless draw at Wigan on Wednesday. "Every game is a pivotal point and for us it's important we get as much as we can from every game, whether that comes within three days or 10 days of each other doesn't make any difference," he said. "We have a busy schedule of games which demands a very strong squad and I think we've got that." Blackburn boss Steve Kean is confident under-fire owners Venky's will provide the money for much-needed defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window. Many people expected conversations between executives of the Indian company and their manager this week to centre around Kean's position, but not so according to the man himself. Instead, the Scot presented his list of transfer targets to help relieve an injury crisis that has robbed him of Ryan Nelsen, Scott Dann, Martin Olsson and Gael Givet, while goalkeeper Paul Robinson is also a doubt for the clash at Liverpool. Weakness in defence has been at the centre of Blackburn's struggles and they have failed to keep a clean sheet all season, shipping 38 goals in 17 games. "We spoke about the transfer window and the need to get defenders in and just where we are," said Kean. "It was a very positive conversation. It wasn't a case where there was just positions discussed, it was names. "I told them I think we can get these players and let's push on and get them in the early part of the window so we can have a good amount of bodies and good competition for places once the other lads get out of the treatment room. "We talk about what I feel is the most important things. The conversations have mostly been about players' health and players coming in." Although Liverpool are unbeaten at home this season, they have drawn five of their eight matches, including against Swansea and Norwich, and Kean sees no reason why Blackburn cannot follow suit. He said: "It will be a really big ask for us to get something, but why not? Other teams have gone there this season not expecting to get anything and have come away with something, so there is a possibility to get a result."

Formation:442Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

Formation: 4411Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

  • Jose Reina
  • Glen Johnson
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Daniel Agger
  • Sanchez Jose Enrique
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Charlie Adam
  • Stewart Downing
  • Luis Suarez
  • Andy Carroll
  • SUBS
  • Alexander Doni
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Jonjo Shelvey
  • Martin Kelly
  • Craig Bellamy

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Match Report

Rovers hold out at Anfield Even the return of captain Steven Gerrard after a two-month absence failed to lift Liverpool out of their current Anfield malaise as the Barlcays Premier League's bottom club Blackburn left with a point they barely deserved in a 1-1 draw. The England international, sidelined since October with an ankle problem, played the final 21 minutes but could not inspire a change in fortunes. Kenny Dalglish's side, although unbeaten at home this season, have now drawn six and won three and been held five times in the last six outings at Anfield. And had it not been for Maxi Rodriguez's 11th goal in his last 12 starts it the result could have been more embarrassing after Charlie Adam had put through his own net on the stroke of half-time. A familiar pattern of failing to take chances emerged very early on but the difference here, throughout the whole side, was the lack of spark and crispness which the Reds have usually had. Luis Suarez's second-minute free-kick which sailed just over set the tone before Adam sliced an ambitious volley from outside the area which gave Mark Bunn, deputising for the injured Paul Robinson, a much easier save than he could have anticipated. There followed two efforts from Suarez, one into the side-netting from Glen Johnson's pass, and the other missing the target completely with a left-footed shot from a similar position on the right of the penalty area. In recent months opposition goalkeepers have made a habit of saving their best performances for Anfield and Bunn's point-blank block from Andy Carroll, starting for the first time in four matches, after Downing had kept in Jose Enrique's deep cross had a familiar look to it. Carroll had a goal ruled out on the half-hour as Suarez was offside and the assistant's flag rescued Bunn from conceding a penalty when he brought down Rodriguez, although it was inactive Suarez and not the Argentinian who had got ahead of the Rovers defence. Blackburn's attacking was sporadic at best and when they did get a chance to test the meanest defence in the Barclays Premier League they wasted it as Ayegbeni Yakubu's cross from a quickly-taken corner was well over-hit. In the end they needed a helping hand as, totally against the run of play, Adam diverted Morten Gamst Pedersen's inswinging corner past his own goalkeeper just seconds before half-time. It capped a disappointing few days for the Scotland international, who also put through his own net against Rovers for Blackpool last season, as he missed a penalty in Wednesday's goalless draw at Wigan. It took Liverpool eight minutes to equalise. Downing's cross was cleared only as far as Martin Skrtel who hooked the ball back to the far post where Rodriguez headed in from close range. The goal gave the Reds the spark they needed and, with Bunn wasting time at every opportunity, Suarez headed wide Downing's corner from a spot very close to where his team-mate had equalised. A Carroll overhead kick was cleared by Grant Hanley while another Rodriguez far-post header, this time back across the six-yard area was crying out for a final touch with no Liverpool player anywhere near. Gerrard finally got his long-awaited return to action in the 69th minute when he replaced Adam and ran straight on to curl in a free-kick which was headed over by Rodriguez. Suarez then headed over Johnson's cross before the England defender was relieved to see David Dunn stab wide after needlessly giving away possession in midfield. The action intensified as Carroll headed wide Enrique's cross, Rodriguez made way for Craig Bellamy to come on against his former club and Downing rolled a left-footed shot too close to Bunn having been played in by Gerrard. Liverpool twice thought they had stolen the points in the closing moments, Carroll drawing a fine save from Bunn with a close-range volley and 17-year-old Adam Henley, on his first senior start, clearing off the line after Daniel Agger's header from the subsequent corner. Such problems cannot be allowed to continue for Kenny Dalglish, who must surely have to address the issue of a lack of goals in the coming transfer window. Blackburn's players celebrated a hard-earned point at the final whistle but their difficulties - they remain bottom of the table - will probably take more fixing.

Form Guide

    WDLWWD
  • Liverpool
  • VS
  • Blackburn
  • DLWLLL

Last Meetings

  • Blackburn
  • 3 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 05/01/2011
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 24/10/2010
  • 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

Top Scorers

Liverpool

  • L Suarez 5
  • C Bellamy 2
  • M Skrtel 2
  • A Carroll 2
  • S Gerrard 1
  • RR Maxi 1
  • G Johnson 1
  • C Adam 1
  • J Henderson 1

Blackburn

  • A Yakubu 8
  • D Hoilett 3
  • C Samba 2
  • M Formica 2
  • R Rochina 2
  • M Pedersen 1
  • S Dann 1
  • S Vukcevic 1

Goals

Liverpool

    • Total goals 33
    • Goals per game 20
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackburn

    • Total goals 37
    • Goals per game 24
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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