Got sucked in both times for Liverpool’s quick-fire double early in the first-half, leaving his far corner open both times for Maxi to slot home easily. Wasn’t particularly tested in the second 45 minutes right until the end when Carroll powered a header past the former England international for the winning goal.
Failed to keep track of Maxi for both of the Argentine’s goals and allowed the winger to tap in his quick double far too easily. Recovered enough to halt the progress of Maxi in the second half.
Stayed strong in the middle and often forced Liverpool into long-distance efforts. Switched off at the final moment to enable Agger to head to Carroll for the winner.
Always looked to get his brother involved just in front and then linked up well with Hoilett when the two switched. Had a bit of trouble with Bellamy in the first-half, but not so much with Maxi.
Didn’t have the best of times marking Carroll and often allowed the towering striker to hold up the ball and feed the wings. The centre-back did put in a fair few decent challenges though and wasn’t afraid to get his foot in when given the chance. However, gave Carroll the opening to win the game at the death.
Kept the Liverpool defence busy, but didn’t do too much to influence the game’s proceedings before being subbed in the second half.
Worked solidly in the middle, rarely losing out to his opposite numbers. Passed well to get Blackburn on the attack as Liverpool appeared to settle as the game drew to a close.
Bossed Spearing about and passed neatly into the channels for Hoilett and Olsson to engage an effective attack.
Not as effective as Hoilett, but still provided a threat to the Liverpool full-backs, particularly Henderson, who was forced to revert to right-back.
Looked lively from the start and should have taken his chance at goal after possibly playing for the foul from Doni, which subsequently got the keeper a straight red. Continuously tormented the Liverpool flanks and did all he could to create a winner.
Faced with his first real danger of the evening, took out Hoilett as the Canadian went through on his own. With no other man in site, the keeper took the legs of the winger to earn himself a straight red.
Replacing Gerrard as captain, the Slovakian defender hoisted the ball up to Bellamy to initiate Liverpool’s first with what was a superb pass. Was forced to defend right up until the end and did so effectively.
Didn’t look particularly sharp after returning to injury and putting the full-back straight into the starting XI was a risky choice by Dalglish, a decision that helped the Rovers in clawing one back as Johnson failed to track Yakubu at the back post. Barely lasted into the second half, replaced by Agger on 53 minutes.
Dealt with Yakubu’s strength efficiently on most occasions, but looked nervous after Liverpool went down to 10 men, especially with balls over the top.
Was barely in the pitch after coming off for Brad Jones following Doni’s straight red. The young full-back had quickly seen a yellow after a reckless challenge and could have been given his marching orders also after another.
Always looked eager to get involved, but the midfielder’s contributions lacked conviction. The attacker’s decision making was also questionable at times, taking the shot when the better option was the pass.
Getting a rare start, the Argentine immediately made to make the most of his chance, scoring twice in a matter of moments at the far-post thanks to brilliant work from Bellamy. Couldn’t replicate his heroics in the second-half and was eventually subbed.
Looked overpowered by Dunn at times, but always looked to get the ball forward, feeding the flanks, as well as trying to get Carroll involved.
The youngster’s wayward passing looked to have carried over from the draw against Aston Villa and was very heavy on the ball at times. Reverted to right-back after Flanagan was subbed and lost the ball too easily to Hoilett and the Olsson brothers.
The striker was far more active than we’ve seen him in recent matches, holding the ball up and laying off for the likes of Maxi and Bellamy on a constant basis. Didn’t look to be back to his scoring best right up until the dying moments, heading off of Agger’s nod past Robinson right in front of the visiting fans.
The Welshman’s fantastic run after latching onto Skrtel’s perfect long-ball to his flank was followed up by a pass to the back-post for Maxi to tap in. More tenacious efforts led to the second goal. Was lively for the second-half, but not as effective.
The Australian was called into action thanks to Doni’s abject decision to take out Hoilett and see immediate red. Jones’ first job was to keep out Yakubu’s subsequent penalty and did so easily, the striker modest spot-kick saved at the corner. Nearly saw red himself after pushing over spot-kick taker following a clumsy long-ball gone wrong. Yakubu scored from 21 yard with a much more confident kick, sending Jones the wrong way.
Came on for Johnson in the second half and made a vital contribution once more, nodding to Carroll for the big striker to power home the winner in the dying moments.
- 6 Fábio Aurélio
Arrived late in the game and gave Liverpool some fresh legs and a much needed full-back on the pitch.
- 23 J. Carragher
- 18 D. Kuijt
- 7 L. Suárez