Liverpool Vs. Blackburn Live Analysis: Reaction of Liverpool's Must-Win Game

Nabeel KhokharCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2010

Roy Hodgson : Anything but a win will heighten speculation over his position as manager
Roy Hodgson : Anything but a win will heighten speculation over his position as managerHamish Blair/Getty Images

After a disappointing display and result in the Merseyside Derby last week away at Goodison Park, Roy Hodgson hosts his former club, Blackburn Rovers, at Anfield this afternoon.

This is another landmark game in the history of the Liverpool Football Club, as it is the first taste of Anfield for new American owners NESV. It is unfortunate that John Henry himself will not be at the game due to a bout of illness, but no doubt he will be watching the encounter on television back home in the States.

With mounting speculation surrounding the future of Hodgson, this game is surely a must-win for him and his team.

Since his departure from Turkey, Frank Rijkaard's name has been bandied about as Hodgson's successor at Liverpool this week. However, Hodgson has come out with statements ridiculing Rijkaard's credentials—hard talk from a usually timid man. Such comments may come back to haunt Hodgson.

Anything less than a resounding victory will surely push Hodgson closer to the exit doors of Anfield. Moreover, an attacking display with positive football will be demanded by a packed Anfield.

The pressure and weight of high expectations is certainly on Liverpool's under-fire manager, as he looks not only to stabilise his own position but to lead Liverpool up the Premier League table.

With Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Raul Meireles and Joe Cole sure to start, Hodgson should have little excuse for a poor performance and anything less than three points.

Follow all the build up to the big match here on BR, with team-sheets, formations, players, tactics and strategies for the match.

Then blow-by-blow, tackle-by-tackle coverage, analysis and reaction during the game.

With two hours to go till kick-off at 15:00 BST, all Liverpool fans will be gearing up and getting ready.

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