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West Ham Gael Givet, Salomon Kalou and Marouane Chamakh

Hammers eye move for Rovers defender Givet and wants strikers Kalou and Chamakh

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22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

West Ham are weighing up a move for Blackburn Rovers French defender Gael Givet, 31, who is out of contract in the summer.

Manager Sam Allardyce remains keen on a loan for Lille forward Salomon Kalou and Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

Hammer time: Blackburn's Gael Givet is a target for West Ham

Hammer time: Blackburn's Gael Givet is a target for West Ham

Wanted man: Salomon Kalou

Marouane Chamakh

Wanted men: Salomon Kalou and Marouane Chamakh are West Ham targets

Leeds will compete with Norwich City for Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith. Swansea are hopeful of signing Bristol City winger Albert Adomah for 3m.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson is talking terms with Motherwell winger Jamie Murphy after agreeing a 100,000 fee.

Blackburn 1 Bolton 2: match report

Blackburn 1 Bolton 2: High-flying Eagles inspires visitors to comfortable win

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21:55 GMT, 28 November 2012

A fine individual display from Chris Eagles inspired Bolton to victory over abject neighbours Blackburn.

Kevin Davies struck after 93 seconds against his former club in a first half dominated by Wanderers.

Eagles was a constant menace alongside Jacob Butterfield and Lee Chung-Yong, the attacking trio operating behind a typically robust and effective Davies.

Celebration: Adam Bogdan reacts after Kevin Davies' opener

Celebration: Adam Bogdan reacts after Kevin Davies' opener

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Mn Olsson, Dann, Henley, G Hanley, Formica, Murphy, Etuhu (Lowe 62), Rhodes, King (Kazim-Richards 71), Rochina (Pedersen 69)

Subs not used: Kean, Givet, Ms Olsson, Vukcevic

Booked: Rochina

Goal: Rhodes 82

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Warnock, Ricketts, Eagles (Pratley 81), Andrews, Spearing, Lee (Mills 89), Butterfield Petrov 73), K Davies

Subs not used: Lonergan, Mills, Ream, Petrov, Pratley, Ngog, Afobe

Booked: Warnock, Spearing

Goals: K Davies 2, Lee 61

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Attendance: 18,010

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Butterfield, Lee and Davies were
recalled as three of six changes made by Whites boss Dougie Freedman,
but his alterations soon looked inspired and Blackburn had goalkeeper
Paul Robinson to thank for not being further behind at the break.

Eventually Robinson was unable to
prevent greater damage when he turned Eagles' 61st-minute free-kick
against the post to leave Lee with a close-range formality, before
Jordan Rhodes headed Rovers to within touching distance of a scarcely
deserved point eight minute from time.

Victory ended a run of four straight
draws for Bolton, still unbeaten in six games under Freedman's
stewardship, while Blackburn must bounce back from consecutive defeats
and a stuttering start to Henning Berg's tenure when they make the short
trip to face fierce rivals Burnley on Sunday.

Josh King was handed a first Rovers start as Markus Olsson made way to accommodate the on-loan Manchester United forward.

Keith Andrews replaced the suspended
Mark Davies in Bolton's midfield but all Freedman's other switches were
understood to be of a tactical nature, with striker David Ngog demoted
to the bench despite netting a last-gasp equaliser at Brighton on
Saturday.

Ngog's replacement, Bolton captain
Kevin Davies, immediately vindicated his manager's decision by firing
the visitors into a second-minute lead.

Ex-Burnley winger Eagles shuffled in
from the right flank amid boos from the home support to slip Davies
beyond the Rovers backline and the 35-year-old lashed high past
Robinson.

Twice before the half hour Eagles
brought impressive stops out of Robinson – driving low and venomously
from 30 yards with his right foot before crisply volleying left-footed
towards the far corner from the inside left channel.

Bolton's three ex-Ewood men were all
involved in a 31st-minute opening – Stephen Warnock's low cross finding
Andrews, who did his perfectly-timed run a disservice with a tame
side-footed effort that spun off Davies and out for a goal kick.

Clipped: Ruben Rochina (right) is harassed by Keith Andrews

Clipped: Ruben Rochina (right) is harassed by Keith Andrews

Robinson had to save well from Eagles
once more before the half was out, while also arching backward to tip
Zat Knight's deflected hook goalwards over after those in front of him
failed to deal with Jay Spearing's free-kick.

Danny Murphy slammed Blackburn's only
opening of the half over at the back post from Martin Olsson's cross
and it came as little surprise when the hosts were booed off at the
interval.

Berg's men started the second period
with greater purpose but Robinson remained their key man, requiring
fingertips to keep a delicate 25-yarder from Butterfield out of the top
corner.

The former England man's next save
was in vain – touching Eagles' free-kick onto the post after Dickson
Etuhu bundled over Blackburn's tormentor-in-chief and springing
gallantly to his left as Lee tucked home the rebound.

A woefully off-target 25-yarder from
Murphy brought further venom from the terraces and Robinson saved
superbly again to deny Knight from a Spearing corner.

Warnock was alert to block Mauro
Formica from close quarters and a lifeline belatedly arrived for Rovers
when Colin Kazim-Richards, on for King, angled a ball from the left to
the back post where Scotland striker Rhodes ghosted in to head his 15th
goal for club and country this season.

A final chance fell to Rhodes via Murphy in stoppage time but he could not scramble home.

Charlton 1 Blackburn 1 – match report

Charlton 1 Blackburn 1: Kean may be out but Rovers stutter against Addicks

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16:41 GMT, 29 September 2012

Blackburn's fans were unable to celebrate the departure of boss Steve Kean with a victory after they were held at Charlton.

Dickson Etuhu fired newly-managerless Rovers into an early lead but Johnnie Jackson made amends for missing a penalty when he struck Charlton's equaliser.

The draw came barely 24 hours after Kean, having travelled down to London with the Rovers squad, suddenly decided to quit.

On target: Charlton Athletic's Johnnie Jackson (right) celebrates the equaliser

On target: Charlton Athletic's Johnnie Jackson (right) celebrates the equaliser

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Morrison, Solly, Cort, Jackson (Pritchard 53), Green, Stephens, Hollands, Wilson, Wright-Phillips, Kerkar

Subs not used: Button, Evina, Dervite, Wagstaff, Cook, Smith

Goal: Jackson 27

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Orr, Mn Olsson, Givet (G Hanley 46), Dann, Lowe, Pedersen, Murphy, Etuhu, Rhodes, Nuno Gomes

Subs not used: Kean, G Hanley, Ribeiro, Nunes, Dunn, Formica, Rochina

Booked: Murphy

Goal: Etuhu 16

Att: 17,169

Ref: Deadman

After months of constant speculation
about his job and protests against him from supporters, the Scot had
finally come to the conclusion his position was 'untenable'.

Former Ewood favourites Alan Shearer
and Tim Sherwood are being linked with the role, with the latter's club
Tottenham understood to have already been approached by Rovers.

But whether either would fancy working with controversial owners Venky's remains to be seen.

In the meantime Eric Black, Kean's assistant, took charge for today's clash at The Valley.

The Rovers fans who had made the trip
seemed strangely subdued at kick-off, perhaps still nursing hangovers
from last night's celebrations sparked by the news Kean had walked.

Guidance: Blackburn interim manager Eric Black

Guidance: Blackburn interim manager Eric Black

Gone: Steve Kean has left

Gone: Steve Kean has left

But they woke up with 16 minutes on
the clock when the recalled Morten Gamst Pederson played in Etuhu, who
danced between the static Chris Solly and Michael Morrison before
rifling the ball into the net.

'Stand up, if you're glad he's gone', came the chant from behind the opposite goal.

It was poor defending from Charlton,
though, after they had almost gone ahead themselves a minute earlier
when Salim Kerkar's low drive fizzed narrowly wide.

And the hosts should have drawn level in the 26th minute when Pedersen was adjudged to have brought down Leon Cort in the area.

But Jackson's penalty, blasted straight down the middle, was kept out by the legs of the diving Paul Robinson.

It was only a brief let-off for the
visitors, however, as 60 seconds later Jackson diverted a shot from
Danny Green past Robinson.

Moving on: Dickson Etuhu struck for Blackburn

Moving on: Dickson Etuhu struck for Blackburn

With Blackburn now penned in their
own half, Green took aim again from the edge of the area but this time
his effort was deflected onto a post.

After the break Robinson made a
point-blank save to keep out Cort's header, Bradley Wright-Phillips
nodded another dangerous Kerkar cross over and Green's drive was inches
too high.

At the other end Nuno Gomes volleyed over and Jordan Rhodes headed wide.

In stoppage time Robinson tipped over
an acrobatic scissor-kick from Wright-Phillips to secure Rovers' point,
while their fans will feel they scored a more important victory on
Friday night.

Blackburn 1 Middlesbrough 2: Lukasa Jutkiewicz turns screw on Steve Kean

Blackburn 1 Middlesbrough 2: Jutkiewicz turns screw as Kean fails to hit points total

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20:59 GMT, 21 September 2012

Steve Kean will spend a nervous weekend sweating on his future after a Lukas Jutkiewicz double condemned his Blackburn side to a surprise defeat.

The Rovers manager was set a tough target of 16 points from the opening seven games by the club’s Indian owners Venky's and has come up two short.

The fact Blackburn have produced a table-topping total of 14 will go in his favour, but director Shebby Singh was brought in during the summer with a mandate to shake things up at the relegated club and he is not expected to extend the kind of sympathetic hearing Kean enjoyed last season.

Missed the target: Steve Kean was told he had to earn 16 points from Blackburn's first 7 games - they only got 14

Missed the target: Steve Kean was told he had to earn 16 points from Blackburn's first 7 games – they only got 14

Game over: Lukas Jutkiewicz scores the second goal

Game over: Lukas Jutkiewicz scores the second goal

Match facts

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson (Grant Hanley 48), Ribeiro (Formica 46), Murphy, Etuhu, Nunes, Nuno Gomes, Rhodes.

Subs Not Used: Kean, Lowe, Dunn, Pedersen, Rochina.

Booked: Martin Olsson, Givet, Orr.

Goals: Grant Hanley 89.
Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte,
Woodgate (Hines 84), Bikey, Friend, Thomson, Carayol (Zemmama 88),
Leadbitter (Bailey 88), McEachran, Emnes, Jutkiewicz.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Ledesma, Arca, Luke Williams.

Booked: Steele.

Goals: Jutkiewicz 7, 61.

Att: 13,405

Ref: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Blackburn came into the game boasting their best start to a season in 18 years having gone six games unbeaten.

The last time they kicked off a
campaign so successfully they finished as Premier League champions.
Those days are long gone. Kean did have high expectations of hitting his
points target, a optimism founded partly on the fact that he possesses a
dyanmic strike force of Jordan Rhodes and Nuno Gomes.

The Portuguese was recalled here to
take on a Middlesbrough defence that shipped four goals in losing at
Blackpool on Tuesday — a third away defeat for Tony Mowbray’s men.

But Middlesbrough turned up in the
form that has seen win all four of their home games this term and were
ahead in the seventh minute.

Justin Hoyte made sure he got distance
on his clearance from inside the Boro area and 1.3m signing Jutkiewicz
rose above Gael Givet to win the ball.

He cleverly found Marvin Emnes with
his flick on and by the time the Dutchman returned a pass, Jutkiewicz
was away from the leaden-footed Givet and slotting past Paul Robinson.

Punishment: Jutkiewicz (right) celebrates his first goal

Spin: Grant Leadbitter turns away from Danny Murphy

Punishment: Jutkiewicz (right) celebrates his first goal while Spin: Grant Leadbitter dodges Danny Murphy

Minutes later keeper Robinson
misjudged Grant Leadbitter’s inswinging free-kick and was relieved to
see it fly past his post as the visitors took control.

The players left to a round of boos at
the break and things didn’t get much better in the second half. Within
seconds of the restart Mustapha Carayol’s cross was cleared off the
line but there was no denying Jutkiewicz on the hour mark.

The lively
Carayol cut in from the left and delivered the ball to the far post
where Jutkiewicz sent a header into the top corner. Grant Hanley sparked
hopes of a comeback when he headed in from six yards with two minutes
left but Blackburn failed to find an equaliser in the closing stages.

Thriller: The few fans who did show up got to see an entertaining game

Thriller: The few fans who did show up got to see an entertaining game

Blackburn set to lose Yakubu and Gael Givet to China

Blackburn set to lose Yakubu and Givet to megabucks Chinese offers

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22:12 GMT, 31 May 2012

Blackburn Rovers striker Yakubu is ready to quit England for China and a 5million-a-year contract – and he could be followed by Gael Givet.

Chinese Super League clubs Guan Beijing and Shanghai Shenhua are both interested in the Nigerian.

He has a clause in his contract which allows him to leave for 1million and that will not be a problem for the wealthy Chinese, who have also offered him 100,000 a week.

Wants out: Yakubu

Summer exit: Gael Givet

Rover and out: Yakubu (left) and Gael Givet (right) are set to leave Blackburn

The 29-year-old, who scored 18 goals last season, said: ‘I played in the Championship before. It was good but I don’t want to play there again.’

Shanghai, who also want defender Givet, 30, have been beset by problems and it is understood Nicolas Anelka is already considering a return to Europe this summer.

His former Chelsea team-mate, Didier Drogba, has a contract offer to join them but has also held talks with Real Madrid.

But the Spanish champions are struggling to meet the 34-year-old’s wage demands of around 150,000 a week.

Blackburn v Wigan: Game almost up for Steve Kean

Game is almost up for Kean as Blackburn face Wigan in crunch clash

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21:30 GMT, 6 May 2012

Steve Kean's decision to call a summit meeting with his senior players at Blackburn may have come too late.

The get-together will have been in vain if Blackburn do not beat Wigan on Monday.

Even a draw would confirm their departure from the Barclays Premier League.

Damaged: Steve Kean says Yakubu is playing through an injury

Damaged: Steve Kean says Yakubu is playing through an injury

Kean’s team were charged with the ultimate footballing sin of failing to care in the abject defeat at Tottenham.

It is an accusation which the Blackburn manager was keen to refute as he cited a catalogue of pain and hurt in the dressing room. Supporters may not be quite so sympathetic, however.

‘To even suggest we have players that don’t care about any game is nonsense,’ insisted Kean. ‘There are players going out there injured.There is Yakubu who has damaged the patella in his knee.

Blackburn v Wigan

‘People have to realise we have players here whose Achilles tendon or knee might be screaming but they are still putting in a shift. They are in pain and playing through it. So for people to say we are not trying hurts, because these boys have nothing left. We are stretching every sinew to try to make sure we get the points.

‘Gael Givet took painkilling injections at half-time at Spurs and they took 20 minutes to kick in. Nobody wanted to come off the pitch. That is why it hurt us.’

Kean has been under fire from fans for most of the season and is sure to be targeted again tonight, barring a resounding victory. He has been assured by the elder statesmen in his dressing rooom that they will do everything they can to help their younger team-mates.

He added: ‘I had a chat with all the senior players last week and they are all ready to roll their sleeves up and have a go.

‘We want leaders like Paul Robinson. He is a good captain. If you think back to the match at Wigan, he threw himself up front at the end and got six stitches in his head winning a penalty that got us a draw.’

Drop zone

Blackburn 2 Norwich 0: David Dunn laments club"s position

Changes to blame, admits Dunn as Blackburn battle bravely to avoid the drop

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21:30 GMT, 22 April 2012

Midfielder David Dunn, who is Blackburn born and raised, can hardly credit how his club have been brought to their knees by infighting.

There was another protest march before the game against Norwich but Dunn acknowledges Rovers will have no-one but themselves to blame should they go down.

‘The club’s plight hurts a lot,’ he said after goals by Mauro Formica and Junior Hoilett brought three vital points. ‘Everything around it does. There just seems to be unrest everywhere you look and that hurts me.

Sort it out! David Dunn lamented Blackburn's current plight

Sort it out! David Dunn lamented Blackburn's current plight

‘It can happen when things aren’t going well, but I think there have probably been too many changes here in a short space of time. Any club making that many changes would be affected.’

Fresh from denying any rift with Gael Givet, who was restored to the starting line-up after having his attitude questioned the week before, the beleaguered manager Steve Kean found himself trying to keep a lid on claims of a bust-up with Steven Nzonzi.

Protest: Blackburn fans remain deeply unhappy with the club's owners

Protest: Blackburn fans remain deeply unhappy with the club's owners

The Blackburn midfielder evidently took exception to being demoted to the bench, after a recent dip in form, but Kean dismissed suggestions of an angry exchange between them by snapping: ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. Steven has played every single minute, when he’s been available, and it has caught up with him a bit. I don’t want him being burnt out, and I explained that to him.’

Gael Givet Blackburn future in balance

Givet's Blackburn future in the balance after Frenchman's row with Kean

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21:30 GMT, 16 April 2012

Blackburn will hold talks with Gael Givet this week to determine if the French defender can play for the club again.

Givet was withdrawn from Saturday’s game at Swansea after being named in the starting line-up. Sources close to the player insist it was because of a row with Steve Kean at the team hotel and not, as the Blackburn manager suggested, because he was ‘not in the right frame of mind’.

Row: Givet has allegedly fallen out with Steve Kean

Row: Givet has allegedly fallen out with Steve Kean

Givet has made it clear he wants to leave Ewood Park this summer, but Grant Hanley’s ankle injury in a 3-0 defeat at Swansea has left Blackburn with just one senior centre-back in Scott Dann.

They will speak to Givet, who is expected to be fined over the incident, to see if it is possible for him to rejoin their relegation battle.

Blackburn v Liverpool live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Blackburn v Liverpool – the action from Ewood Park as it happens

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19:11 GMT, 10 April 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Blackburn host Liverpool at Ewood Park for Tuesday night's action. Steve Kean's side will be aiming for at least a point to take them out of the bottom three when they face a Reds outfit that has won only two league games in 2012. Email me your thoughts on the drama at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Blackburn 0-0 Liverpool (8pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson, Hoilett, Dunn, Nzonzi, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Yakubu.
Subs: Kean, Givet, Pedersen, Petrovic, Rochina, Goodwillie, Lowe.

Liverpool: Doni, Flanagan, Coates, Skrtel, Johnson, Henderson,
Shelvey, Spearing, Maxi, Bellamy, Carroll.
Subs: Jones, Jose Enrique, Agger, Aurelio, Suarez, Kuyt, Carragher.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

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10min: Blackburn have taken control, with Martin Olsson providing all the attacking threat and pace in the Rovers attack. Liverpool are standing off at this stage but remain comfortable though.

7min: Martin Olsson strikes the set-piece but it just clears the crossbar. Doni had it covered though.

6min: Blackburn win a free-kick 23 yards out after Sebastian Coates hauls down Junior Hoilett central to goal. Danger for the visitors.

5min: Another plus for Liverpool so far is the start made by Doni. The keeper has only claimed a couple of routine crosses but I have seen far more nervous keepers fail at even simpler tasks after coming into the side.

3min: A battling start from both sides, not too much to speak of so far. Liverpool keen to get long balls on to the head of Andy Carroll.

Kick-off: Away we go then with Blackburn kicking towards the Darwen End.

19.59: From InfostradaLive:

Liverpool have lost 6 of last 7 #EPL away matches, including last 4. The club record in PL era is 5 consecutive away defeats.

19.56: Out come the teams on an overcast evening in Lancashire.

19.52: A fair few inside the ground this evening. If the home fans get behind their team then they have a great chance of taking some important points.

A bad start for Rovers and very quickly the focus can shift to Kean or the board.

19.49: Kenny Dalglish has already defended the side he has fielded tonight.

He told Sky Sports about his respect for other teams and the competition, but he has to look after Liverpool first.

In truth it's probably wise to change the team due to the short time between the games anyway.

19.46: This hasn't been a happy hunting ground in recent years for Liverpool.

Their last win at Ewood Park was on December 6, 2008, where they were gunning for the league title and triumphed 3-1.

Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun and Steven Gerrard cancelling out a Roque Santa Cruz strike for the hosts.

Good to have you back: Liverpool's Glen Johnson (right) has been out since February

Good to have you back: Liverpool's Glen Johnson (right) has been out since February

19.43: Should be interesting to see the fallout if Blackburn canter to victory this evening.

It's not Liverpool's strongest side which I have known in the past at least to be against Premier League rules.

It's a ludicrous ruling, but one I have seen Wolves and Blackpool punished for in the past with a fine.

I'll be interested to know if this has been changed since so send me a message if this indeed the case…or just your views on anything regarding this game in general.

19.40: Captain Steven Gerrard is omitted from Liverpool's squad to face Blackburn as manager Kenny Dalglish makes six changes with Saturday's FA Cup semi-final in mind.

Glen Johnson make his first appearance since February's Carling Cup final victory with Sebastian Coates, Jay Spearing, Maxi Rodriguez, Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll all returning.

Rovers make two changes with Mauro Formica and Marcus Olsson replacing Jason Lowe and Morten Gamst Pedersen.

19.35: Full line-ups from Ewood Park:

Blackburn v Liverpool
Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson, Hoilett, Dunn, Nzonzi, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Yakubu.
Subs: Kean, Givet, Pedersen, Petrovic, Rochina, Goodwillie, Lowe.

Liverpool: Doni, Flanagan, Coates, Skrtel, Johnson, Henderson,
Shelvey, Spearing, Maxi, Bellamy, Carroll.
Subs: Jones, Jose Enrique, Agger, Aurelio, Suarez, Kuyt, Carragher.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

19.30: No Steven Gerrard tonight for Liverpool. Dalglish is keeping the Reds skipper wrapped in cotton wool for the huge FA Cup semi-final against Everton at the weekend.

19.28: From OptaJoe:

7 – Blackburn striker Yakubu has scored seven goals in his last nine Premier League games at Ewood Park. Feed.

All Rover: Roy Hodgson (below left) looks on as Liverpool crash to a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn on January 5 last year. It would turn out to be his final game as manager.

All Rover: Roy Hodgson (below left) looks on as Liverpool crash to a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn on January 5 last year. It would turn out to be his final game as manager.

All Rover: Roy Hodgson (below left) looks on as Liverpool crash to a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn on January 5 last year. It would turn out to be his final game as manager.

19.25: Who remembers how significant this fixture was last season

It was one of Kean's earlier games in charge at Blackburn since taking over, but it proved to be Roy Hodsgon's last for Liverpool.

The Reds crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Ewood Park on a cold January evening with Steven Gerrard even missing a penalty.

Hodgson left by 'mutual consent' just a couple of days after.

19.22: Blackburn starting XI:

Robinson, Orr, Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Marcus Olsson, N'Zonzi, Dunn, Formica, Hoilett, Yakubu.

19.19: From OptaJoe:

1 – Liverpool have won just one of their four Premier League away games vs. the teams in the bottom five of the table this season. Struggle.

19.16: Blackburn boss Steve Kean is also trying to fight off critics with three points.

But with Rovers also in the bottom three, victory would prove the sweet tonic that takes them above QPR and local rivals Bolton.

Plenty to play for this evening.

19.13: Hands up, who thinks Kenny Dalglish has one eye on the FA Cup semi-final this weekend

19.10: Liverpool starting XI:

Doni, Flanagan, Coates, Skrtel, Johnson, Shelvey, Henderson, Spearing, Maxi, Bellamy, Carroll.

19.05: The reasons for desperation For Dalglish just two league wins in 2012 has been an abysmal return and he could do with three points to get the critics off his back.

With seventh placed Everton four points down the road, the Reds boss has another incentive to win tonight.

19.00: On paper, this is just a run-of-the-mill fixture between two struggling sides.

But there is more meat to Blackburn v Liverpool than meets the eye. Respective managers Steve Kean and Kenny Dalglish will be desperate for three points, even if it is for different reasons. Team news on the way.

Rover to you: Blackburn and Junior Hoilett will hope to take full advantage of Bolton's Monday defeat

Rover to you: Blackburn and Junior Hoilett will hope to take full advantage of Bolton's Monday defeat

Steve Kean has two games to save his Blackburn job

On a knife-edge: Kean given two games to save his Blackburn job

Steve Kean has two games to save his job as Blackburn manager.

The beleaguered Scot, who celebrated his first year in charge at Ewood Park this week, faces two home fixtures in the space of four days against fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion and Bolton.

Failure to win at least one of those games is expected to lead to Kean losing his job following a turbulent spell in charge.

Happy anniversary: Steve Kean celebrates a year in charge at Blackburn with the news he has two games to keep him job

Happy anniversary: Steve Kean celebrates a year in charge at Blackburn with the news he has two games to keep him job

Venky’s, the club’s owners, indicated that Kean was ‘unsackable’ when they handed him a long-term contract in January, but they now accept that a change may have to be made in order to retain their Premier League status.

The 44-year-old Kean remains confident he can turn it around, although he has a number of injury problems for Saturday’s clash with West Bromwich.

Kean is waiting for clearance from a specialist before deciding whether to play Gael Givet after the French defender suffered heart palpitations in last week’s defeat at Sunderland.

Back in contention: Gael Givet is back after suffering from heart palpitations

Back in contention: Gael Givet is back after suffering from heart palpitations

Givet, 30, has experienced similar problems before but Kean is refusing to take any chances.

He said: ‘Our priority is his health. Gael is quite relaxed in that he knows what it is, but we want to do everything we can in his best interests.’