Barclays Premiership Result
Blackburn 1 Liverpool 0
Blackburn: Friedel, Emerton, Todd, Ooijer, Neill, Bentley (Mokoena, 87), Savage, Kerimoglu (Henchoz, 90), Pedersen, Nonda (Derbyshire, 78), McCarthy.
Unused subs: Brown, Gray.
Booked: Nonda, Pedersen, Emerton.
Goal: McCarthy 49.
Liverpool: Reina, Hyypia, Carragher, Agger, Finnan, Gerrard, Alonso, Riise, Bellamy (Luis Garcia, 76), Crouch (Kuyt, 56), Gonzalez (Aurelio, 64).
Unused subs: Dudek, Pennant.
Booked: Agger, Alonso.
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire).
Reds boss Rafa Benitez: "Crouch had three clear chances in the first half, but maybe it was down to bad luck and good goalkeeping that we didn't score. When you are in front of goal and you have three clear headers it is not lack of confidence. I think it is good luck that maybe the keeper was in the right position.
"We had many attempts and we couldn't score. You must be disappointed but when you have created so many chances you can't do anything else.We have seen this many times this season when we have created a lot of clear chances, but haven't scored. Their goalkeeper was fantastic, but I have to be disappointed that we have got nothing from a game where we created so many clear chances.
"We made a mistake for the goal Blackburn scored and we now must look to the next game against Tottenham and take our chances there."
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes: "Brad Friedel was magnificent – he made some crucial saves, commanded the box and was an inspiration to everyone in front of him. I think everybody grew because of his presence on the field. I thought everybody was magnificent and there were some huge performances. It was a huge win for us and important we got back to winning ways."