Glen Johnson believes Blackburn play "an ugly game very well" as Liverpool slipped further behind in the race for a place in next season's Champions League.
Twelve points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and in seventh place, any thought of the title apparently disappeared long ago. A top-four spot is also looking a big ask after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Ewood Park.
Despite labelling Blackburn's game as "ugly", Johnson admitted the Lancashire side are difficult to play against, saying: "It's always difficult against Blackburn because they don't play much football and just launch the ball forward at every opportunity. They play an ugly game very well and play to their strengths. It makes life difficult for the opposition at times."
He added: "We knew what to expect and we tried to get the ball down on the floor and play. The pitch wasn't great and we took a while to get used to it, but that's football and you have to live with things like this."
The Liverpool defender produced the one piece of quality in a dreadful match by surging past four men to set up David Ngog, whose effort from six yards crashed against the bar.
He added: "We deserved to win, especially after our second-half performance.
"I thought we'd scored when I crossed for David but the ball hit the worst bobble I've ever seen before his effort came back off the bar.
"Sometimes luck doesn't go for you but I thought we played the best football and did enough to win the game.
"We were pushing and pushing and it was so frustrating we couldn't get that goal our play deserved."
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