Gerrard returns in Reds draw

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Liverpool were left to settle for a point against basement Blackburn Rovers as Steve Kean's players delivered a response for their manager.

Cut adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table after back-to-back 2-1 defeat at Ewood Park, Rovers showed a spirit that will be crucial in their fight for survival this term.

For Kenny Dalglish, it was frustration at home again, particularly in the first period when possession only brought one chance of note - Mark Bunn saving well from Andy Carroll at close range.

And the Reds were made to pay in injury-time, with Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner deflecting off Charlie Adam and beating keeper Pepe Reina at the near post.

It put Liverpool behind at the break, but their response was quick in the second-half, with Maxi Rodriguez heading home unmarked at the far post following Martin Skrtel's lofted ball.

Steven Gerrard's introduction on 69 minutes raised the roof at Anfield, but chances for Carroll and Stewart Downing couldn't be converted.

David Dunn had another great chance for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining, but he shot wide after a fine run, and a grandstand finish saw Kean's side survive at the death.

First, Bunn saved brilliantly to deny Carroll before Adam Henley, making his full debut, somehow prevented Daniel Agger from scoring the winner on the goalline from the resulting corner.

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