Barclays Premier League – January 5 2011.
Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool
Both sides have had new owners installed since the start of the season – but only one has had a change of manager. Sam Allardyce made way for Steve Kean, a change that wasn’t initially popular with Blackburn fans. Roy Hodgson remains in post, a failure to change that is extremely unpopular with Liverpool fans.
For tonight’s game Paul Konchesky returns to the defence in place of Fabio Aurelio, with Daniel Agger dropped back to the bench, making way for Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Raul Mereiles left the pitch early through injury against Bolton on Saturday, he’s replaced in the starting line-up by Steven Gerrard, the captain. Dirk Kuyt is also left out, he’s sitting on the bench with the scorer of Saturday’s late winner, Joe Cole, his replacement tonight. Maxi is likely to switch to the right to allow Cole to start on the left.
Liverpool’s other scorer from Saturday, Fernando Torres, also starts tonight but with a big game coming up against Manchester United in the FA Cup 3rd round this weekend it remains to be seen if Hodgson chooses to withdraw him from the action early.
Liverpool need the three points desperately, but with only one away win this season – and Roy Hodgson hardly renowned for getting his sides to win away from home – there may be more disappointment for Reds supporters.
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Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky, Maxi, Lucas, Gerrard, Cole, Ngog, Torres.
Subs: Gulacsi, Kelly, Agger, Poulsen, Babel, Jovanovic, Kuyt.