Sunday October 3, 2010 Day 7 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 2 Blackpool

  • Kyrgiakos 53’
  • Adam 29’ (pen.)
  • Varney 45’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Blackpool
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    • 90+3' Frantic finish! Gilks saves from Kyrgiakos's effort after a fine cross by Maxi. That is the last action of the match! Blackpool celebrate a famous victory!
    • 89' Blackpool running the ball into the corners as much as possible. Kyrgiakos heads weakly over from Johnson's cross and that should be that at Anfield. Surely Blackpool are going to hold on.
    • 88' Maxi Rodríguez replaces Cole for the home side. That is what you could call the last throw of the dice.
    • 87' Despite being under the cosh, Gilks has not been forced to make too many breathtaking saves.
    • 86' Gilks saves from Kuyt after a wonderful cross from Gerrard. Will that be the chance for Liverpool?
    • 85' Blackpool running down time. Keeping possession.
    • 84' Gilks holds an effort by Kuyt as the visiting fans continue to make some noise. The men in orange will celebrate like there is no tomorrow if this result stays the same.
    • 82' Kuyt looking very unhappy with his team-mates and the referee. It is little wonder.
    • 81' Nice bit of play by Varney. His shot is a bit too high. Holloway pointing the finger. His side are almost there now.
    • 80' Kyrgiakos concedes a free-kick for a late tackle on Campbell. Adam swings in the free-kick, but Carragher does the necessary to clear the danger.
    • 79' Crainey is on hand to hammer up the park after Jovanovic tried to deliver a telling ball. Not good enough really. The Blackpool fans are enjoying these moments.
    • 78' It is not going to be a heavy defeat for Blackpool today, but it will feel as bad after putting so much energy into these 90 minutes.
    • 77' Varney sees an effort saved by Reina after Gilks set up the counter attack by punching the ball clear with Cole threatening before the Liverpool keeper comes to collect a cross ball from the visiting captain.
    • 76' Adam takes an eternity to take a throw-in. Every second now is a prisoner for Ian Holloway's side.
    • 75' Cole chops down Southern before having a go at the referee. Silly stuff really. Lucky to avoid a booking.
    • 74' The clock is not Liverpool's friend. It is ticking down and Blackpool edge ever closer to a famous win.
    • 73' N'Gog tries a shot at goal, but blocked by the visiting defence before Carragher is caught offside seconds later.
    • 72' Nice bit of play involving Cole and Kuyt. Kuyt tried to send the England player in on goal, but just too much heat on the pass and Gilks smothers the ball.
    • 71' Gilks is sharp to deal with a poor ball by Jovanovic as he hammers a cross straight to the arms of the Blackpool keeper.
    • 70' Super run there by Phillips to the edge of the home area. Kyrgiakos reads the danger and makes the intervention. Blackpool doing what they can do to get out.....when they are allowed to..incessant pressure by Liverpool....
    • 69' Possession has also turned on its head. Liverpool now seeing 56% of the ball to the visiting side's 44% with Liverpool fairly going for it. They've now fired in 20 shots at goal.
    • 68' Liverpool are a completely different side since the break. Blackpool have hardly been out of their half, but they continue to hold that crucial lead.
    • 67' Jovanovic is fouled by Taylor-Fletcher, who needs to watch himself having just been booked.
    • 66' Meireles managed to get a shot away from Gerrard's free-kick, but Adam was in the right place to make the block.
    • 65' Adam is back doing some sterling work for the visitors after Taylor-Fletcher is booked for fouling Johnson.
    • 64' Kyrgiakos is booked for tugging Campbell's shirt as he threatened to race away from him.
    • 63' Blackpool going to make a change here. Southern is on for Grandin.
    • 62' Gerrard has a shot at goal from Jovanovic's corner. Same old story. Wide of the target.
    • 61' Jovanovic replaces Poulsen for the home side. Can he bring the equaliser that Liverpool crave? Home fans trying to encourage their side, but Blackpool continute to make life difficult.
    • 60' Liverpool blow another chance! Carragher picks out Cole, but the midfielder knocks wide of the target. Great chance to level matters.
    • 59' Meireles eyes the visiting goal, but he tugs that shot wide of the goal. Blackpool survive.
    • 58' Superb defending by Keinan to charge down a shot by Meireles. Blackpool likely to need a few more of those.
    • 57' Decent turn of pace by Campbell. He races beyond Skrtel, but Johnson shows his class to make up the yards. He tackles the Blackpool forward and the ball is back with Reina.
    • 56' Liverpool really going for this now. Their players have fresh energy out there.
    • 55' Big test of character now for Blackpool. They've won at Wigan and Newcastle this season, but three points from Anfield would be something else. They are still in the driving seat.
    • 54' Gilks needs a bit of treatment after damaging his shoulder against a post from Meireles' cross. That looked a bit painful.
    • 53' GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL! Gerrard drops over a free-kick and Kyrgiakos rises to bullet home a header from close range. Suddenly the momentum of the game changes.
    • 52' Cole caught offside from Gerrard's pass.
    • 51' Adam shows Poulsen a clean set of heels., but he can't keep his volley down. A third now will send the home fans, well, home......
    • 50' Johnson gets himself into a promising position, but he overhits that pass to Gerrard and the ball runs harmlessly behind. Not what the home side are looking for.
    • 49' Good goalkeeping seconds later by Reina to mop up as Campbell dashed onto Taylor-Fletcher's pass. Liverpool try to build from the back.
    • 48' Awful miss by N'Gog. Fine play by Kuyt down the left-hand side. He throws over the cross, but the home striker dives and nods it wide. Was a real chance.
    • 47' Change for Blackpool at the break. Matthew Phillips is on for Eardley. Not sure if that is an injury or not. Hodgson looking highly concerned on the home bench.
    • 46' We are under way for this second period. Liverpool need to show their character in this second half.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle, and here come the jeers. The natives are restless and little wonder. A shocking first half by the home side.
    • 44' SECOND GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL! Taylor-Fletcher plays in Varney in acres of space and he looks up before sliding the ball past Reina. No offside and Blackpool will go to the break holding a 2-0 lead.
    • 43' Meireles fancies his chances from distance, but that flies well over the bar. Poor decision-making by the Portuguese player.
    • 42' Keinan is well positioned to tackle N'Gog, who is prevented from heading in Gerrard's dipping free-kick.
    • 41' Reina forced to save from Campbell after Evatt meandered up the park without a challenge. Liverpool all at sea again.
    • 40' Better play by Cole there. He manages to win some space on the edge of the box and hammers in a shot. Well saved by Gilks. He has been like a rock for the visiting side.
    • 38' Heading rapildy for the break with Liverpool running out of ideas. Blackpools have had 52% of possession in the half and doing just as much if not more with it than the home team.
    • 37' Meirelese crosses from the right. Finds Kuyt, but he can only direct a header straight at Gilks. More woe for the home fans.
    • 36' No Torres and no real hope by the looks of things. Liverpool will be happy to hear the half-time whistle. They really have to regroup.
    • 34' Johnson thumps a shot over the bar from inside the area.
    • 33' Liverpool look bereft of ideas or any real flair. Varney concedes a free-kick for chopping down Poulsen as Liverpool get the chance to build from the back.
    • 32' N'Gog picks the pocket of Adam and hammers in a shot, but that is an easy enough take for Gilks, who looks composed enough in that away goal.
    • 31' Kyrgiakos heads Gerrard's corner over the bar. The home fans beginning to sound restless.
    • 30' Johnson, so impressive against Utrecht, races down the right. His cross is overhit and flies out of play. Sums it up really.
    • 29' Home manager Roy Hodgson probably thought things could not get much worse. They will get worse if the home side fails to recover.
    • 28' GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL! Adam scores from the penalty spot. Reina got a hand to it, but was placed well enough by the visiting keeper.
    • 27' PENALTY TO BLACKPOOL! Would you believe this! Johnson late on Varney and the ref points at the spot.
    • 26' Some quite startling stats in this match. Blackpool easily giving as good they are getting out there.
    • 24' So close for Liverpool there! Cole attempts to knock Kyrgiakos's header towards goal, but Eardley reacts superbly to clear off his line. So unlucky for Liverpool!
    • 23' Kuyt attempts to lift home morale as he gets a shot in from 18 yards, but Gilks saves.
    • 22' Skrtel makes a really timely intervention there to halt a shot by Varney. Liverpool continue to look uneasy.
    • 21' Having suffered a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea and a 6-0 loss at Arsenal, this is a better showing from Blackpool. Perhaps also shows the difference between Liverpool and the top sides in the league.
    • 20' Keinan is involved right away. He knocks the ball too safety from Kuyt's cross.
    • 19' So Keinan is on as Cathcart joins Torres in making the early walk off the pitch. Like the Spain striker, seemed to be moving uneasily.
    • 18' Going to be another change here by the looks of things. Cathcart seems to be struggling for Blackpool.
    • 17' Gilks called into action to repel the home side from Johnson's cross. Nice take from the Blackpool keeper. That will give him a boost.
    • 16' Where would Liverpool be without Gerrard? First real sign of the midfielder attempting a shot at goal as he rifles in an effort from the edge of the box that sails over.
    • 15' Varney is next up to have a go at goal, but Reina stands tall to hold the shot.
    • 14' More fine play by Blackpool! Adam and Eardley combine. Eardleys comes up with an inviting cross, but Campbell knocks his volley too high. Impressive stuff by the visitors.
    • 13' Some fine play there by Gerrard to play in the Dutch forward. Should be doing better in those situations.
    • 12' N'Gog fouls Ian Evatt, but the free-kick comes to nothing before Adam clears from a Kuyt cross at the other end.
    • 11' Blackpool enjoying 66% of the possession compared to 34% by the home side.
    • 10' Liverpool really need to get their act together. Has been a nervy ten minutes. You can see why they have struggled this season. A lack of composure and confidence in their ranks.
    • 9' Torres's season of woe continues to go from bad to worse. He is out of this one. N'Gog is going to take to his place. More reshuffling for home boss Hodgson.
    • 8' Crainey has an ambitious dig from 25 yards, but is going to take something special to beat Reina from that range. The ball flies wide of the target.
    • 7' One man who won't be exploiting the Seasiders is Torres. Would you believe it? The Spain striker is limping out there. Looks like a groin injury. Bad news.
    • 6' Vaughan receives a stern talking to from the refereee after chopping down Meireles. Despite their adventure, Blackpool do lack the pace in certain areas.
    • 5' Blackpool sensing they can get at this Liverpool side. Varney shows some adventure to glide beyond Johnson, but there is too much pace on the cross. More decent play by the visitors.
    • 4' Carragher looks a bit wobbly as he gets caught as the ball drops to Taylor-Fletcher. He swings the ball into Campbell, but Skrtel is on hand to clear.
    • 3' Superb stop by Reina! Former Rangers midfielder Adam shows his class from the free-kick, but Reina punches the ball out. Blackpool not turning up to contain.
    • 2' Skrtel concedes a free-kick after hauling down Campbell. Early chance for the visitors.
    • 1' We are off and running at Anfield.
    • 14.55 The teams are coming out. Some Blackpool players were taking pictures of Anfield. Another big day for Holloway's men, as they all are in the Premier League.
    • 14.50 Despite their problems, Liverpool are strong favourites to win this match. There 1/3 wih Blackpool priced at 10/1. Eurosport pundit Paul Parker believe Fernando Torries must start regaining his form. Read what the former England defender has to say. Is Hodgson brave enough to drop Torres?
    • 14.45 The referee for today's game is Michael Jones from Cheshire.
    • 14.40 Ian Holloway is looking upset the odds. "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," said Holloway. "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."
    • 14.35 Carragher is warning his side to be on their toes against Blackpool. "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."
    • 14.30 Carragher is posted at left-back due to injury problems to Paul Konchesky (hamstring) and Fabio Aurelio (Achilles). Daniel Agger has a groin problem and Martin Kelly, who filled in against Utrecht but did not look particularly comfortable, sustained a knee problem in Holland.
    • 14.25 Blackpool have conceded more away goals than any other Premier League team this season (10) but only Chelsea have picked up as many points (6) as the Seasiders.
    • 14.20 Teams: Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Johnson, Joe Cole, Poulsen, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt, Torres. Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, Evatt, Cathcart, Taylor-Fletcher, Grandin, Vaughan, Varney, Adam, Campbell.
    • 14.15 Blackpool will again be without defender Alex Baptiste when they travel to Anfield. 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.
    • 14.10 Steven Gerrard returns after he was rested for Thursday's Europa League goalless draw in Utrecht. Jamie Carragher is playing left-back for the first time since Liverpool visited Southampton in March, 2004.
    • 14.05 There has only been one home win in the last 12 meetings between Blackpool and Liverpool. Liverpool and Blackpool have not met in any competition since 1971.
    • 14.00 Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League match between Liverpool and Blackpool at Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 60' Liverpool blow another chance! Carragher picks out Cole, but the midfielder knocks wide of the target. Great chance to level matters.
    • 53' GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL! Gerrard drops over a free-kick and Kyrgiakos rises to bullet home a header from close range. Suddenly the momentum of the game changes.
    • 48' Awful miss by N'Gog. Fine play by Kuyt down the left-hand side. He throws over the cross, but the home striker dives and nods it wide. Was a real chance.
    • 44' SECOND GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL! Taylor-Fletcher plays in Varney in acres of space and he looks up before sliding the ball past Reina. No offside and Blackpool will go to the break holding a 2-0 lead.
    • 28' GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL! Adam scores from the penalty spot. Reina got a hand to it, but was placed well enough by the visiting keeper.
    • 24' So close for Liverpool there! Cole attempts to knock Kyrgiakos's header towards goal, but Eardley reacts superbly to clear off his line. So unlucky for Liverpool!
    • 14' More fine play by Blackpool! Adam and Eardley combine. Eardleys comes up with an inviting cross, but Campbell knocks his volley too high. Impressive stuff by the visitors.
    • 3' Superb stop by Reina! Former Rangers midfielder Adam shows his class from the free-kick, but Reina punches the ball out. Blackpool not turning up to contain.
    • 14.20 Teams: Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Johnson, Joe Cole, Poulsen, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt, Torres. Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, Evatt, Cathcart, Taylor-Fletcher, Grandin, Vaughan, Varney, Adam, Campbell.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina Yellow Card
      • G. Johnson
      • J. Carragher
      • M. &#352krtel
      • S. Kyrgiakos Goal Yellow Card
      • S. Gerrard
      • C. Poulsen Substitution Out (60′)
      • Raul Meireles
      • J. Cole Substitution Out (89′)
      • D. Kuyt
      • F. Torres Substitution Out (10′)

      Subs

      • B. Jones
      • M. Rodríguez Substitution In89′
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In10′
      • M. Kelly
      • J. Spearing
      • M. Jovanovic Substitution In60′
      • Lucas
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Gilks
      • N. Eardley Substitution Out (45′)
      • I. Evatt
      • C. Cathcart Substitution Out (21′)
      • S. Crainey
      • C. Adam Goal
      • D. Vaughan
      • E. Grandin Substitution Out (63′)
      • D. Campbell
      • G. Taylor-Fletcher Yellow Card
      • L. Varney Goal

      Subs

      • M. Harewood
      • B. Ormerod
      • K. Southern Substitution In63′
      • D. Keinan Substitution In21′
      • M. Phillips Substitution In45′
      • L. Sylvestre
      • M. Halstead
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