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19:45 Thu 19th Jul 2018
19:45 Thu 19th Jul 2018 Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool: Live matchday blog

Follow all of the action as Liverpool play their fourth pre-season game of 2018-19 at Blackburn Rovers, with live updates, photos, videos, stats and more from Ewood Park.

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Ewood victory for Reds

Liverpool record a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park thanks to second-half strikes from Lazar Markovic and Daniel Sturridge.

The Reds will embark on a three-game tour of the United States next as they take part in the International Champions Cup tournament.


Keita flicks a pass over the Blackburn defence into Camacho's run, whose attempt to steer it around Leutwiler is thwated by the 'keeper.



Goal! Daniel Sturridge!

Keita wins the ball back high, motors forward, slides in Sturridge, he stabs beyond the 'keeper.

Slick stuff.



Camacho almost makes it 2-0 as he slips an effort beyond substitue 'keeper Leutwiller, but it's cleared off the line by Downing.



Goal! Lazar Markovic!

Liverpol are in front as Sturridge collects the ball deep, looks up and spots Markovic's dart in from the left. The striker's pass is right into his path, allowing Markovic to take a touch and rasp an effort into the back of the net from 12 yards.

1-0 to the Reds at Ewood Park.



Liverpool bring on Caoimhin Kelleher in place of Loris Karius, while Blackburn make a whole host of substitions.



Keita slips the ball to Sturridge, who side-steps his marker but rattles his left-foot effort an inch the wrong side of the post fro 10 yards.



Keita feeds Sturridge inside the left channel of the Blackburn area. He takes a touch to steady himself before drilling inches wide of the far post.


Curtis Jones whacks one over the crossbar on the edge of the box after Blackburn failed to clear from a Reds attack.


10 changes for Liverpool at the break, here's how we're lining up in the second half...

Karius, Gomez, Phillips, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Jones, Camacho, Markovic, Sturridge.



Back under way...

Blackburn re-start the game.


Half Time

All square at the break

We reach the midway point with the scoreline locked at 0-0.


Double chance!

Lallana is denied twice in quick succession.

First by the crossbar as his scooped effort from Woodburn's layoff comes crashing down off the woodwork.

And then by Mulgrew, who blocks the playmaker's goal-bound attempt on the line as the Reds quickly worked it back into the area.


Origi scoops a half-volley over the crossbar from 15 yards after Clyne's cross deflected into his path.



Samuel beats Moreno on the outside with a step over and drills a low effort across goal; however, Karius is able to block with his boot.


Chance for the hosts as Mulgrew lines up a free-kick from 20 yards and sends it spinning inches wide of the near post.


Disallowed Goal

Origi taps in from close-range from Moreno's cross, but the full-back was in an offside position when he collected a rebound off Lallana following a blocked shot from our No.20.


Woodburn crosses from the right, but Raya gets there before Solanke can head it in.


Solanke rises to meet Clyne's cross from the right, but glances his header wide of the far post.


Penalty saved!

Raya attones for his error by flinging himself to his right to push away James Milner's penalty and keep the scoreline at 0-0.



Penalty to Liverpool!

Solanke goes down under the challenge of Raya after attempting to reach Woodburn's first-time pass and the Reds have a spot kick.


And we're off...

Liverpool get the game under way.


Here come the teams...

We're moments away from kick off. Don't forget, you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

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What, you honestly thought we'd forgotten about a weather update?

Anyway, it is a lovely sunny, mild evening in Lancashire. Perfect for some pre-season football.

Ewood Park always a good venue to visit with the Reds.



Jürgen Klopp has spoken to LFCTV pre-match at Ewood Park...

"It's good. We chose these kind of games," the boss said of tonight's match.

"With the weather in England at the moment.. the pitch is dry, which is always another challenge with tired legs and all that stuff.

"All the full training that pre-season is it's a challenge. But we are not here to win the pre-season, so it's about facing different situations, difficult situations, and then being ready to find solutions. Or try to find solutions and if we don't have them then we know what we have to work on.

"We still have a few weeks to go, but of course tonight we are here and we want to see for us the next steps.

"We had a few very good sessions but we are not there for having good training sessions. That's important but we need to have  good games. That's what we have to prepare for and that's what we are doing.

"So I'm really happy that we can play that game tonight."


Here's how Blackburn line up this evening...



Here’s the confirmed Liverpool starting XI and substitutes for the clash with Blackburn. Jürgen Klopp intends to make wholesale changes after half-time.

Liverpool XI: Karius, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Milner, Lallana, Woodburn, Ojo, Origi, Solanke.

Substitutes: Fabinho, Van Dijk, Keita, Gomez, Sturridge, Robertson, Phillips, Jones, Markovic, Camacho, Kelleher.


Liverpool travel to Blackburn Rovers on Thursday evening for the fourth of their nine pre-season friendlies.

You can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO - or, alternatively, follow our live blog for all the action and reaction from Ewood Park.