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Blackburn 0, Liverpool 1: First Thoughts

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Reds get much needed win, secure place in FA Cup semi final.

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Blackburn 0
Liverpool 1 Coutinho 70'

  • Pre-match thoughts: Glen Johnson and Dejan Lovren came into the starting line up for Liverpool, as Brendan Rodgers chose to play with a back four given suspensions for Martin Skrtel and Emre Can.

  • Liverpool kept hold of possession to start the match, and a long build up resulted in an off-target volley attempt for Joe Allen from the middle of the box.

  • In the 14th minute a Blackburn long ball bounced into the box and Sakho almost allowed the ball to be taken off of his feet after a possible miscommunication between him and Simon Mignolet.

  • After 20 minutes, Liverpool were still without any big chances. Meanwhile, the back four was holding up nicely.
  • Sturridge did not look sharp early on despite receiving the ball in dangerous areas on more than one occasion.
  • Sakho had to leave with an injury, meaning that the team's three best central defenders would not be on the pitch for the majority of the match.
  • Coutinho with a big chance! A failed Blackburn clearance gave him a free shot from the center of the area, but Simon Eastwood did well to make a diving save.
  • Liverpool piled on the pressure after the Coutinho chance, but could not manufacture a goal before half time.
  • Half-time thoughts: Overall, it was a dull first half for Liverpool. They dominated possession, but their pressure was meaningless as they couldn't create chances.
  • Tom Cairney forced a diving save with a long range effort, and Mignolet had to make a second vital save to defend the ensuing corner.
  • After a minor blip in the run of play, Liverpool took back control of the match and continued to pressure the hosts. However, chance creation was still an issue for the Reds.
  • Goal! Coutinho! The Brazilian was slipped in by Henderson on the right and he arrowed his shot past Eastwood from a narrow angle to give Liverpool the lead.
  • Sterling played in Sturridge, but the striker's attempted chip sailed over the bar.
  • Lambert replaced Sturridge in the 85th with Liverpool trying to close out a hard fought victory.
  • Mignolet denies Eastwood! Blackburn's goalkeeper got a shot on target, and Mignolet was able to smother it after an initial bobble.
  • Full-time thoughts: This was a tough win for Liverpool and it was ugly at times. But after the losses to Manchester United and Arsenal it was exactly what the team needed.

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