Liverpool will have their hands full when taking on relegation-zone Blackburn Rovers on Apr. 10 at Ewood Park in Blackburn. Liverpool is in the middle of their worst streak in 58 years with just two wins in the English Premier League since January. Their last game, on Saturday, ended in another disappointing 1-1 draw, this time at home against Aston Villa. Things don’t get any easier for them either as they face their Merseyside rivals Everton on Apr. 14 at Wembley Stadium in an FA Cup semi-final showdown.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has deservedly been criticized for his handling of the team and may make the mistake of resting some of his top players such as Steven Gerrard against Blackburn. Brazilian goalkeeper will be back in net again as Pepe Reina is suspended. Overall, Liverpool has managed just 11 wins in 32 EPL games this season and have lost nine of their 17 games on the road.
Dalglish, as all bad mangers do, has been blaming poor refereeing for some of his team’s losses, but the fact is he doesn’t have much of a clue when it comes to utilizing his players, much like his predecessor Rafael Benitez. If his last name wasn’t Dalglish the Anfield fans would surely have called for his dismissal by now.
One of the team’s biggest problems is their lack of scoring. They create enough chances, but simply can’t convert them. Their keeper Reina is also overrated and Dalglish doesn’t really have the imagination and creativity to stop the slide down the table. The manager should have defender Daniel Agger back in the squad after recovering from a rib injury. Defender Glen Johnson will likely miss the game as will Lucas Leiva and Charlie Adam.
Blackburn has lost three games in a row as they were beaten by West Brom 3-0 on the weekend. They had climbed out of the relegation zone with wins over Sunderland and Wolves, but then suffered defeats at the hands of West Brom, Bolton, and Manchester United. Blackburn should have a full squad on hand for the game other than Anthony Modeste who picked up a suspension with a red card against West Brom.
Liverpool currently sits in eighth place in the table with 43 points from 11 wins, 10 draws and 11 losses. Blackburn is in 18th spot with 28 points from seven wins, seven draws and 18 losses. They’ve won two and lost three in their past five matches while Liverpool has a win, a draw and three losses. Yakubu leads the Rovers with 14 league goals while Luis Suarez tops Liverpool with eight goals.
Blackburn vs Liverpool Predictions
Look for this to be a close game with Blackburn desperately needing the points to dig themselves out of the relegation zone. Liverpool has no hope of making the top four this season and won’t slip down to the relegation zone, so don’t really have much to play for. Look for this game to end in a draw.
The latest odds from bookmaker William Hill shows a Blackburn win at 13/5 with a Liverpool victory at 11/10 and a draw and 11/5.