Liverpool won for only the second time in the league as they defeated a battling Blackburn Rovers side 2-1 at Anfield. Three goals in five second half minutes brought this game to life after Liverpool dominated but seemed unable to find a way through Rovers rearguard.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos gave the Reds the lead on 48 minutes, powering in a header from a corner.

Within two minutes the visitor's had equalised when El-Hadji Diouf caused confusion in the Reds defence and Jamie Carragher put through his own goal.

But on 53 minutes Fernando Torres scored his first goal since August to earn Liverpool three points, although they remain in the relegation places just behind Blackburn.

Liverpool scorers: Kyrgiakos 48, Torres 53 Blackburn scorers: Carragher (og) 50

Referee: Phil Dowd

Venue: Anfield Attendance: 43,328

LIVERPOOL 25 Reina 03 Konchesky 16 Kyrgiakos 23 Carragher 37 Skrtel 04 Raul Meireles (yellow card) (Shelvey 89) 08 Gerrard 10 Cole (Ngog 78) 17 Maxi (yellow card) 21 Lucas 09 Torres

Substitutes 01 Jones, 34 Kelly, 28 C Poulsen, 33 Shelvey, 14 Jovanovic, 19 Babel, 24 Ngog

BLACKBURN 01 Robinson 03 Olsson (yellow card) 05 Givet (yellow card) 27 Salgado 28 Jones 07 Emerton 08 Dunn (Hoilett 68) 12 Pedersen 15 Nzonzi (Grella 33 (yellow card) 09 Kalinic (Mwaruwari 46) 10 Diouf

Substitutes 13 Bunn, 33 Morris, 39 Chimbonda, 11 Grella, 21 Mwaruwari, 23 Hoilett, 41 Diouf

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