Liverpool slump at home to Blackpool

Liverpool find themselves in the relegation places after a 2-1 home defeat to plucky Blackpool and on this showing can have no complaints over their league position.

Roy Hodgson must be wondering how much worse Liverpool’s season can get after an Anfield defeat to newly promoted Blackpool who themselves are favourites for a swift return to the Championship.

On this showing though it is the Reds who have most to fear from the drop as the Seasiders fully deserved the three points after going in at the break 2-0 ahead, conceded an early goal in the second half but then defended well to frustrate the home side.

Charlie Adam put the visitors ahead when he drove in a penalty after Glen Johnson tripped Luke Varney.

Varney then doubled the visitors advantage with a goal on the stroke of half time. The home side were booed off as they left the field.

A 54th minute Sotirios Kyrgiakos header gave the Reds hope and he almost levelled in injury-time but was denied by a superb save by keeper Matt Gilks.

Liverpool improved after the break but lacked the guile to breakdown an obdurate Blackpool rearguard, whose forwards were always a threat on the break.

Liverpool scorers: Kyrgiakos, 53

Blackpool scorers: Adam (pen) 29, Varney 45+1

Referee: Mike Jones

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 43,156

25 Reina (yellow card)
02 G Johnson
16 Kyrgiakos (yellow card)
23 Carragher
37 Skrtel
04 Raul Meireles
08 Gerrard
10 Cole (Maxi 88)
28 C Poulsen (Jovanovic 60)
09 Torres (Ngog 10)
18 Kuyt

01 Jones,
34 Kelly,
17 Maxi,
21 Lucas,
26 Spearing,
14 Jovanovic,
24 Ngog

21 Gilks
03 Crainey
05 Eardley (Phillips 46)
06 Evatt
20 Cathcart (Keinan 20)
11 Vaughan
14 Grandin (Southern 63)
26 Adam
12 Taylor-Fletcher (yellow card)
16 Varney
39 Campbell

13 Halstead,
31 Keinan,
04 Southern,
19 Sylvestre,
23 Phillips,
09 Harewood,
10 Ormerod

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