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Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool: Match preview

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Downing knows what to expect. (©GettyImages)
Downing knows what to expect. (©GettyImages).

Premier League

Ewood Park

Tuesday, April 10. Kick-off: 2000

TEAM NEWS

Anthony Modeste was sent off against West Brom on Saturday, so will miss out for Blackburn this evening.

Steve Kean may also be without Martin Olsson, who sustained a shoulder injury at the Hawthorns and will be given a late test to prove his fitness.

For Liverpool, goalkeeper Pepe Reina misses his second match through suspension, and Alexander Doni will deputise having made his debut against Aston Villa.

Daniel Agger came on as a substitute in the weekend draw at Anfield, and could be recalled into the starting line-up by Kenny Dalglish.

 

Downing wary of Blackburn threat



 

Stewart Downing realises what a serious threat Blackburn will pose for Liverpool on Tuesday evening, having battled relegation himself during his time with Middlesbrough.

Rovers find themselves in the bottom three of the Premier League with on six games of the season remaining, but know a point will lift them out of the drop zone.

Blackburn had enjoyed a resurgence in recent weeks, but consecutive defeats to Manchester United and West Brom have left Steve Kean's side in serious danger once more.

They will, however, face a Liverpool side enduring a dreadful run of form, with the Reds having taken only nine points from a possible 39 since the turn of the year.

Ewood Park also happens to be somewhat of a bogey ground for Liverpool, who have won only once at Blackburn in their last five meetings with Rovers.

And with Kean's side fighting tooth and nail for every single point, Downing realises that Liverpool there will be no let-up from their recent struggles this evening.

He told Liverpoolfc.tv: "It will be a difficult game. They are fighting for their lives, but we've got to keep concentrating on our game, keep creating chances and we need to start scoring goals and winning games.

"It can be difficult playing teams fighting against relegation. They are playing for their futures - they don't want to drop down a division. I've been in that situation with Middlesbrough before and it's not good."

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