It is a run which has taken them into the FA Cup semi-finals and slowly away from the relegation dogfight.
Gerrard’s looping ball to the left sent Riise away and he laid the ball back for Baros, who side-footed a 12-yard shot over the bar.
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Liverpool’s Champions League ambitions took another knock asthey struggled to create a goal-scoring opportunity of note.
Liverpool now face a major test in the Merseyside derby on Sunday if they are to get anywhere near Everton in fourth place.
Liverpool barely created a chance in this dire match and, on one occasion in the first half, it needed Steven Gerrard to haul back Steven Reid after Aaron Mokoena’s swift run and pass from defence had sent the Rovers man charging upfield. . Riise replaced Smicer at half-time and the switch could have brought Liverpool a goal.
Everton manager David Moyes watched Rafael Benitez’s side driven to distraction by an organised, effective Blackburn who have now gone six games unbeaten and conceded just one goal. Gerrard was booked for his troubles by referee Barry Knight