Blackburn Rovers 0
What is it about 0-0 draws?
If you followed Liverpool in their pomp you should be used to us venturing out to some far flung European outpost and nullifying the opposition before bringing them back to Anfield and finishing them off. However, in the league it just doesn’t cut the mustard!
The fact that this is our third consecutive clean sheet and sixth game unbeaten still doesn’t act as a consolation. We needed to win this one and I guess it will be seen as two points dropped because of the “catch up” we need to play? Rafa summed up the mixed emotions
“I’m disappointed because we couldn’t win but positive because we kept another clean sheet and we’re playing better. The team is doing well and we will have chances if we continue playing at this level.”
Again there was no Torres as we suspected before the game and Aquilani still remains superglued to the bench. Rafa suggested that both might play in the dead Champions League rubber this week. From lauding Rafa’s patience over Aquilani I’m slowly beginning to think he is bordering on over caution. It’s almost as if he doesn’t want to play him for fear he’ll get injured or damaged again. A bit like keeping a vintage car in the garage for show but never driving it?
On Saturday we could have done with a bit of extra creativity to liven up what in all honesty was a very, very drab game. If Sam Allardyce wanted an easy, stress free time after his heart operation then he got it. Indeed Blackburn’s fans would have probably forgiven him if he dozed off such was the lack of action in the first half, that’s assuming that they hadn’t fallen into the arms of Morpheus themselves? Never has Christmas shopping seemed so attractive? No, I take it back, it wasn’t that bad!
The highlights were few and far between as caution (and nervousness?) snuffed out any notion of entertainment. A header from Samba straight to Reina that might as well have been a back pass and a Gerrard effort that trickled wide of Robinson after a semi decent build up were worth noting. In an ordinary game these moves would not have got a mention but so meagre was the action everyone was scrabbling for something to say!
The second half improved, it had to. Gerrard had what he thought to be a semi decent penalty claim turned down after clash with Nzonzi. Later Glen Johnson produced a great run holding off at least three Blackburn players. His cross produced a gilt edged chance for Ngog however he failed to get a boot on it as the ball bobbled and he ended up shinning it against the bar. Samba, without knowing too much about it, blocked Kuyt’s follow up effort.
And that was it. Hardly a memorable five hundredth appearance for Gerrard. Time to move quickly on and, as Rafa always seems to say, think the next game and leave Blackburn’s groundsman to remove the tumbleweed from the pitch!
Blackburn: Robinson, Samba, Givet, Nelsen, Chimbonda, Emerton, Grella, Nzonzi, Diouf, (Hoilett 72), McCarthy (Kalinic 77), Di Santo (Andrews 85)
Substitutes: Brown, Salgado, Pedersen, Andrews, Roberts, Kalinic, Hoilett
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Insua, Carragher, Gerrard, Riera (Ngog 52), Benayoun (El Zhar 72), Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt
Substitutes: Cavalieri, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Dossena, Aquilani, Ngog, El Zhar