Liverpool are Defeated by Blackpool as Pressure Mounts on Roy Hodgson

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIOctober 3, 2010

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Roy Hodgson the manager of Liverpool reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Blackpool at Anfield on October 3, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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After drawing yet another blank in midweek against Dutch side Utrecht, the misery was heaped further onto Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson this afternoon.

Promoted Blackpool were the visitors and they left Anfield with an astonishing 2-1 victory.

Blackpool and their boss Ian Hollaway, have proved to be a breath of fresh air this season.

Their attacking style of play and a have-fun philosophy are fast making them everybody's second favourite side.

The Seasiders started well, with skipper Charlie Adam going close with a 20-yard free kick.

Liverpool are a side lacking confidence at the moment and it's affecting no one more than striker Fernando Torres.

Torres, though, was involved early on, crossing for big summer signing Joe Cole. The England international was unable to direct the ball past Matt Gilks in the Blackpool goal.

That was as good as it got for Torres though. as he hobbled off after 10 minutes with a suspected groin injury. David Ngog was the man to take his place.

D.J. Campbell then came close to giving the visitors the lead, turning Welsh international Niel Eardley's cross wide of the post.

In an open 30 minutes, Eardley then did his job at the other end, clearing a Sitirios Kyrgiakos effort of the line.

Blackpool took the lead in the 29th minute, with Adam scoring from the penalty spot after Glen Johnson brought down Luke Varney.

Liverpool attempted to get back into the game, but the closest they came was Ngog's shot straight down the throat of Gilks.

In first-half injury time it got worse for Liverpool, as Varney expertly finished from 12 yards.

As the second half began, Hodgson's men began to raise the tempo, and Ngog again had a good chance, this time though he saw his header go wide.

It was much better from Liverpool, and they were rewarded on 53 minutes, as Kyrgiakos wouldn't be denied on this occasion, heading home a Steven Gerrard free kick.

Matt Phillips, a right winger signed from Wycombe Wanderers in the summer, replaced the injured Eardley at right back for Blackpool, and put in a solid display.

The home side again came close through Cole, though was unable to find the target from a tight angle.

With the game in injury time, Gilks—who this week was called into the Scotland squad—made a tremendous save again for Kyrgiakos.

Blackpool fans and players alike celebrated at the sound of the full-time whistle.

For Roy Hodgson, though, the nightmare continues.