EvoPower 1.2 FG Charlton went down to 10 men after 17 minutes
8 April, 2015 at 6:07 am in Buy & Sell
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Some would have it that Liverpool are in crisis but Gary Bowyer believes it is "ridiculous" Brendan Rodgers is entertaining questions about a possible crisis at Anfield and it's not hard to agree with the Blackburn boss.
Mercurial Superfly IV Green Many people were calling for Rodgers' P45 during a slow start to life after Suarez and the rumblings of discontent for any side are never far beneath the surface when a few things go against you.
Elastico Finale III Rodgers certainly hasn't been helped by a red mist descending on Anfield with Steven Gerrard, Emre Can and Martin Skrtel all suspended after a recent rash of red cards and they'll have to be watchful against a Rovers side who have a record of getting their opponents in trouble.
In a remarkable run, Rovers' opponents had a player sent off in four consecutive FA Cup rounds prior to the meeting between these two teams at Anfield and such generosity has certainly eased the Lancashire club's progress to the quarter-finals.
EvoPower 1.2 FG Charlton went down to 10 men after 17 minutes, Swansea 'bettered' that by reducing their number by the seventh minute (adding another in the 90th) while Stoke managed almost a whole half with a full complement of players until Geoff Cameron's 45th minute dismissal.
Mercurial Superfly Black Quite what has prompted that run is hard to ascertain but Blackburn must take some credit for it, as the pressure they put opponents under must play a role in the indiscipline and Liverpool will clearly have to tread carefully.
They may have flattered to deceive in the Sky Bet Championship where they lie in 10th place, 14 points below the play-off positions and 21 above the drop zone but they have put seven goals past their two Barclays Premier League opponents and have a pair of strikers in Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede that are routinely mentioned as transfer targets for the 'elite' clubs.
Rovers certainly weren't overawed at Anfield with Simon Mignolet making a significant save from Alex Baptiste and they will be hopeful of breaching a defence shorn of two vital components.
Despite their woes both on and off the pitch, Liverpool are a cut above the top-flight opponents that Rovers have dismissed thus far and quotes of 4/6 to win in 90 minutes are fair and not wholly unattractive but Liverpool's ongoing problems up front are enough to leave those alone.
The very public contract saga of Raheem Sterling may or may not be affecting his game but he's scored just once in 10 games for his club since netting in the previous round of this competition against Bolton.