Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn -Wasteful Reds held again

By Jonathan Carroll.

In a game Liverpool once more dominated in every facet, they were left with only a single point to take from the game. Kenny Dalglish set out what seemed like a 4-4-2 but in essence was a 4-2-4. Blackburn shocked the Kop when they took the lead via a Charlie Adam deflection from a Morten Gamst Pederson corner. Shortly after half time Maxi Rodriguez drew the redmen level heading home Martin Skrtel’s volleyed cross.

The players that will be singled out for more criticism than most will be Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing. Carroll is an easy target because he has a huge price tag and can be awkward on the ball at times. However, it’s too easy to lump all these ineffective performances on one player. You could link Downing’s lack of quality crosses to Carroll’s lack of productivity, isnt that why Comolli and Dalglish bought Stewart Downing? To get a quality distribution in the box? Luis Suarez was as creative as ever but again failed to score when presented with multiple opportunities. The fact remains that Liverpool play a pass and move that Andy Carroll finds difficult to fit into at times. It must change to include Carroll. The evidence is there that the striker can score goals, just look at his goals scored while at Newcastle and with Luis Suarez potentially out for a long period of time, Kenny Dalglish will need to change the team approach to playing their giant target man. Downing and Craig Bellamy could potentially supply ammunition for the big man to get on the end of, although Downing’s lack of confidence on the ball is worrying.

Blackburn arrived at Anfield with manager Steve Kean still hearing the abuse from his own supporters ringing in his ears after their recent run of awful results. It used to be that Anfield was the last place you would want to visit during such a bad run but Blackburn have joined Swansea, Norwich and Sunderland on the list of teams having come away from Anfield with a point. Liverpool created multiple chances per game but they lack that clinical finisher on front of goal. The return of Steven Gerrard was a huge positive from Mondays game but gone are the times that Liverpool supporters can put the team on his back.

New signings are a must in January, Kenny Dalglish has seen it all and will know the areas that need addressing. Players currently starting will know that if they do not produce the goods they will find themselves on the bench should new recruits arrive in the January transfer window. Two areas in dire need of improvement are the defensive midfield position with Lucas missing and also another striker to lift the burden off Suarez and Carroll. It’s not all doom and gloom, Dalglish’s men are just outside the top four and have not yet played their best football. Tougher matches lay ahead and the busy Christmas period should tell all Liverpool supporters what they need to know about the character of their current team. The top four is still a realistic target for Liverpool but they can ill afford too many more results like today.

Liverpool

    • 25 Reina
    • 02 Johnson
    • 03 Jose Enrique
    • 05 Agger (yellow card)
    • 37 Skrtel
    • 11 Maxi (Bellamy 81)
    • 14 Henderson
    • 19 Downing
    • 26 Adam (Gerrard 69)
    • 07 Suarez
    • 09 Carroll

Substitutes

    • 32 Doni
    • 23 Carragher
    • 34 Kelly
    • 08 Gerrard
    • 33 Shelvey
    • 18 Kuyt
    • 39 Bellamy

 

Blackburn

    • 13 Bunn
    • 04 Samba
    • 31 Hanley
    • 39 Henley
    • 08 Dunn (Petrovic 84)
    • 10 Formica
    • 12 Pedersen
    • 15 Nzonzi
    • 35 Lowe
    • 23 Hoilett (Vukcevic 75)
    • 24 Yakubu (Goodwillie 90+4)

Substitutes

    • 34 Kean
    • 14 Petrovic
    • 29 Vukcevic
    • 33 Morris
    • 20 Rochina
    • 22 Blackman
    • 25 Goodwillie

Referee: Jones

Attendance: 44,441

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