Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Liverpool

Liverpool have decided against risking Fernando Torres in their Premier League trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn on Saturday.

The Spanish striker has been involved in three first-team training sessions this week, but there are still concerns over his groin problem. Boss Rafael Benitez is now thinking of playing his top scorer against Fiorentina in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Italian Alberto Aquilani will also again be amongst the substitutes, while Ryan Babel is still out with an ankle injury.

David Dunn could miss out again for Blackburn when they host Liverpool in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League game at Ewood Park.

Dunn did not play in Rovers’ Carling Cup triumph over Chelsea on Wednesday after picking up a calf problem in the previous match against Stoke, and his involvement will be subject to a late fitness check.

Keith Andrews is also nursing a calf injury but is more likely to be available for selection.

Manager Sam Allardyce returned to work on Friday after undergoing heart surgery and is likely to watch the game from the stands at Ewood Park, with assistant Neil McDonald continuing in the dugout.


Blackburn (from): Robinson, Olsson, Chimbonda, Givet, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Diouf, Pedersen, Andrews, Grella, Jacobsen, Nzonzi, Emerton, Hoilett, Kalinic, McCarthy, Roberts, Brown, Di Santo.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Ngog, Aquilani, Skrtel, Riera, El Zhar, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Cavalieri, Dossena.