Defiant Blackburn seek new faces in January transfer window
Steve Kean remains convinced he can get Blackburn”s sceptical supporters back on his side, and is confident he will lead the club to safety with “four new signings”.
Blackburn”s manager enjoyed a rare afternoon on Monday when he did not find himself being showered with abuse from his own fans, and was bullish after the 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Things are looking up: Steve Keane saw his side draw at Anfield
It was Rovers” first point away from home in the Premier League since a 3-3 draw at Wigan on November 19 and though they remain bottom of the table, Kean does not believe they are faced with a hopeless task – even if history suggests otherwise.
West Bromwich are the only club in the past 19 years to have escaped relegation after being bottom on Christmas Day.
But defiant Kean said: “You can see the belief is in the team.
“We dug out a precious point and the fans gave us a good reception going off.
Making a point: Liverpool”s Maxi Rodriguez scores the equaliser
“If we can just get our noses in front at home, the frustration of the fans wouldn”t be vented so publicly and they would cheer us like they did at the end.
“We need at least four signings in January. If we get them and the lads come out of the treatment room, we can climb the table quickly.”
Black eye: Andy Carroll
The calf problem which ruled goalkeeper Paul Robinson out on the eve of the game meant Blackburn were without four of their regular back line but the novices who took their places coped admirably.
“Matt Bunn made some great saves and Adam Henley”s goal-line clearance (from Daniel Agger in injury time) was crucial,” added Kean.
“Five of that team played in the reserve cup final last year.”
Liverpool”s erratic form, meanwhile, shows no sign of being rectified.
They have now squandered 12 points in nine games at Anfield and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish blamed familiar failings.
“It is the same reflection as has been after quite a few of the games here,” said Dalglish.
“We had more than enough chances to have won the game. The performance could have been a touch better. We just need a bit more belief in ourselves.”
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll started despite sporting a black eye, which the club said he suffered after taking a knock in training.