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The ball is delivered by Rodriguez Maxi, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
Rodriguez Maxi challenges Luke Varney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.
Glen Johnson produces a cross, Sotirios Kyrgiakos produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Glen Johnson produces a cross, clearance by Charlie Adam.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Raul Meireles. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Cole leaves the field to be replaced by Rodriguez Maxi.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
Short corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line.
Centre by Joe Cole, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
Charlie Adam produces a cross, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Shot by Luke Varney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Sotirios Kyrgiakos results in a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
Milan Jovanovic delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
Charlie Adam crosses the ball, save by Jose Reina.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Milan Jovanovic, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
Keith Southern fouled by Joe Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Jamie Carragher. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson.
The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, save by Matthew Gilks.
Milan Jovanovic crosses the ball, save made by Matthew Gilks.
David Ngog produces a cross, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
The ball is sent over by Luke Varney, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Luke Varney, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Milan Jovanovic. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, save made by Matthew Gilks.
Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Gary Taylor-Fletcher is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Adam.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt, Dekel Keinan makes a clearance.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos challenges Dudley Campbell unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Sotirios Kyrgiakos for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Matt Phillips.
Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, clearance made by Dekel Keinan.
Elliot Grandin leaves the field to be replaced by Keith Southern.
Milan Jovanovic produces a cross, Matt Phillips gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Milan Jovanovic from the left by-line to the near post, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance. Shot from outside the area by Steven Gerrard misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Luke Varney on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Raul Meireles takes the direct free kick.
Milan Jovanovic on for Christian Poulsen.
Effort on goal by Joe Cole from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Dekel Keinan gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Stephen Crainey. Effort from outside the penalty box by Raul Meireles goes wide left of the goal.
Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Raul Meireles, save by Matthew Gilks. Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, Foul by David Ngog on Dekel Keinan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
The referee penalises Ian Evatt for handball. The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Sotirios Kyrgiakos finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool.Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.
The offside flag is raised against Joe Cole. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
Charlie Adam fouled by Christian Poulsen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dekel Keinan on Joe Cole. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
Charlie Adam produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt, comfortable save by Matthew Gilks.
The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson.
A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt.
A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, David Ngog has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Jose Reina booked.
A goal is scored by Luke Varney from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 0-2 Blackpool.Assist by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Joe Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Dekel Keinan.
Glen Johnson sends in a cross, clearance by Charlie Adam.
Matt Phillips joins the action as a substitute, replacing Neal Eardley.
Long range shot by Raul Meireles goes wide right of the net.
Glen Johnson delivers the ball, clearance made by Neal Eardley.
Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Ngog. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Dekel Keinan.
Stephen Crainey takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Elliot Grandin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole. Free kick taken by Joe Cole.
Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
The ball is sent over by Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Neal Eardley concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Direct free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.
Effort on goal by Glen Johnson from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Luke Varney challenges Christian Poulsen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Close range headed effort by Sotirios Kyrgiakos clears the crossbar.
Glen Johnson produces a cross.
Glen Johnson concedes a Penalty for a foul on Luke Varney. Placed penalty scored by Charlie Adam. Liverpool 0-1 Blackpool.The assist for the goal came from Luke Varney.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, clearance by Ian Evatt. Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Dekel Keinan.
Craig Cathcart leaves the field to be replaced by Dekel Keinan.
The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, save by Matthew Gilks.
Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from long range goes over the crossbar.
David Ngog sends in a cross, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
Joe Cole fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Centre by Neal Eardley, Dudley Campbell produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Dudley Campbell sends in a cross, save by Jose Reina.
Dirk Kuyt delivers the ball, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by David Ngog. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Elliot Grandin, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Foul by Glen Johnson on Dudley Campbell, free kick awarded. Elliot Grandin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance. Stephen Crainey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net. David Ngog on for Fernando Torres.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Joe Cole. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by Fernando Torres, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Raul Meireles fouled by David Vaughan, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Luke Varney.
The ball is sent over by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Charlie Adam produces a cross.
Fernando Torres delivers the ball.
Foul by Martin Skrtel on Dudley Campbell, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina.
The game kicks-off.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee starts the second half.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Gerrard back for Reds
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to return to the starting line-up for the Barclays Premier League visit of Blackpool on Sunday.
The midfielder was rested for Thursday's Europa League goalless draw in Utrecht and manager Roy Hodgson will hope he can inject some much-needed creativity against the Seasiders.
There is a problem at left-back as Paul Konchesky (hamstring) and Fabio Aurelio (Achilles) are still injured while usual stand-in Daniel Agger has a groin problem which saw him miss the trip to Holland.
Martin Kelly, a centre-half who has been occasionally been deployed at right-back, filled in against Utrecht but did not look particularly comfortable.
The Seasiders have surprised many this season and Jamie Carragher knows they cannot afford to be complacent against the Barclays Premier League newcomers.
"Blackpool have been the story of the season. They will be desperate to make a statement at Anfield and it's up to us to match their enthusiasm," he said.
"We've got to make sure we get the three points and start moving up the league. We've got to match them for spirit."
Blackpool will again be without defender Alex Baptiste when they travel to Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.
Baptiste missed last week's defeat to Blackburn after suffering a recurrence of an old knee ligament injury and has now had an operation.
The 24-year-old faces several weeks on the sidelines, where he joins Louis Almond, Malaury Martin and Billy Clarke.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway feels Fernando Torres still poses a "total threat" in front of goal, despite the Liverpool striker's recent lack of form.
Torres has struggled to get going this season, netting only once in eight appearances for his club.
The Spaniard endured another frustrating time on Thursday night as the Reds were held to a goalless draw at FC Utrecht in the Europa League, but Holloway, whose team travel to Anfield on Sunday, believes Torres' potency should never be underestimated.
"He has had some injuries and I think he is one of the best centre-forwards in the world," Holloway said.
"When you get in little ruts like this it is difficult for any player, particularly for one of the best players in the world, to deal with those ups and downs.
"I think he has been an absolute sensation since he joined Liverpool and I'm in awe of him really because as a centre-forward, he has got everything.
"He has got blinding pace and he can finish with his left, right or head. He is a total threat, a goal machine, and they are allowed to go off the boil every now and again.
"The cream always rises to the top, although I don't want him to do that on Sunday.
"Hopefully his lack of form will continue against us, but I don't believe that for one minute."
It has been a stuttering start to the campaign in general for Liverpool and with uncertainty continuing to hang over the club with regard to its ownership, it would appear to be as good a time as any to take them on at their own ground.
Holloway believes it will not be long before the Reds cheer up their fans by overcoming their problems, but he wants it to be his players providing the entertainment at Anfield this weekend.
"They have got all sorts of problems off the field which don't help any football club and they need to get resolved for them to be the force that they need to be," Holloway said.
"It is not that they want to be - they need to be, for their supporters, and I have got no doubt that will be the case in the future.
"But we have got to do our utmost to not let it be the case on Sunday.
"Sometimes when you attack, it is the best form of defence because you can probe and hurt their weaknesses.
"I think that is what we are better at. Any team who goes out on any football pitch should actually try to throw some punches and score some goals.
"I don't care whether it is at home or away - there are still three points to play for.
"Our fans need entertaining and so do the Liverpool fans."
Liverpool's much-publicised issues off the pitch have been eclipsed by their problems on it as the side slumped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat at home to Barclays Premier League newcomers Blackpool.
Thousands of fans staged a pre-match protest march against the continuing ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett but there was a real danger of revolt inside Anfield at the final whistle.
Charlie Adam's penalty and Luke Varney's perfectly-timed run and finish did the damage in the first half and although Sotirios Kyrgiakos's header pulled one back Liverpool will spend the next fortnight rooted in the bottom three because of the forthcoming international break.
Manager Roy Hodgson has spent his three-month tenure at the club insisting there would be a transitional period but their current position is shameful for a club of Liverpool's stature.
There is little he can say to excuse this result, yet another in a string of disappointing displays which have been characterised more by poor performances than anything else.
Blackpool, to their credit, were well worth their win on their first-half performance but it should not be forgotten that they are a side who went to Arsenal and Chelsea and were beaten 6-0 and 4-0.
Prior to kick-off they had conceded more away goals than any of their rivals (10) but that record was not something which was exploited at all by their hosts.
They were not helped by the 10th-minute loss of striker Fernando Torres to a suspected groin injury, but even then they should still have at least dominated possession.
But they did not get chance as Blackpool attacked from the off and Adam's second-minute free-kick had Jose Reina batting the ball away.
Torres barely had time to flash a cross into the six-yard box where Joe Cole deflected it wide before he was replace by David Ngog.
Blackpool were enjoying far more of the play than they could have expected to at Anfield and DJ Campbell went close at the far post from Neal Eardley's teasing right-wing cross.
When Steven Gerrard gave the ball away in his own half it was only Martin Skrtel's sliding challenge which denied Varney's shot but the pressure eventually told in the 29th minute.
Right-back Glen Johnson, in particular, has had a dreadful start to the season and it got worse when he brought down Varney, allowing Adam to fire home the penalty despite Reina getting a hand on it.
Liverpool's response was half-hearted with Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles all failing to test goalkeeper Matt Gilks with chances.
Seconds before the interval the Seasiders stunned their hosts when Gary Taylor-Fletcher flicked a ball into the penalty area and Varney ran on to fire past Reina.
Two minutes into the second half Ngog should have buried his header from Kuyt's cross when unmarked only to miss the target but Kyrgiakos showed him how it should be done in the 43rd minute, powering home Gerrard's quickly-taken free-kick.
The tide had turned as now Liverpool were enjoying all the possession, even if it had taken them nearly an hour to establish such a position.
Meireles had three attempts in quick succession, although only the first forced Gilks into a save, before Cole was put through by Carragher only to see his delicate dink beat the goalkeeper but roll past the far post.
A positive substitution removed defensive midfielder Christian Poulsen for forward Milan Jovanovic, with Meireles dropped back into his favoured central position.
As quickly as Liverpool had gained their attacking momentum it seemed to desert them just when they needed it most in the final 15 minutes.
Kuyt's header at the far post from Gerrard's cross was the closest they came but it lacked the power or direction to beat Gilks.
The Reds have now gone five matches in all competitions without a win - no wonder the Kop chanted the name of Kenny Dalglish, who was overlooked for the manager's job in the summer.
Hodgson has some serious thinking to do while the majority of his squad are away with their national teams.
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