Full time: Liverpool 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
Full time: Liverpool 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
Another game goes to a replay a Blackburn hold Liverpool and secure a replay in a weeks' time. A largely forgettable game whose stand out moment was the injury to Martin Skrtel, who has been taken to hospital after suffering a concussion in the third minute - a good indication as to what sort of match it was. Rovers worth the draw.
Well that is all we have time for on this FA Cup live text. We're back tomorrow with live coverage of Manchester United v Arsenal - where we expect far more than we've had this weekend - but until then goodbye.
One added minute at the end of the second half at Anfield. Not seen that before. Time running out.
Long Blackburn passing move ends with Conway's cross being hooked clear by Lovren. Few minutes gone with that period of possession and as Sterling cross is too long towards Eastwood Liverpool's chance looks increasingly like it is gone.
Another opportunity for Liverpool, but nothing clear cut for Brendan Rodgers' side. Glen Johnson crosses from the right and Sterling comes in at the back post but as he deliberates over whether to shoot or head the ball, the chance is gone as he ball rebounds off his head and wide.
Coutinho was some audacious wizardry in the box, weaving in between Blackburn defenders but his cross from the left channel of the area is into the side-netting. Very much attack against defence but can Liverpool break Rovers down?
Less than 10 minutes to go at Anfield and we're no closer to discovering who will be joining Aston Villa in the last four. Liverpool having all the possession but it's hardly Blackburn Rovers defending like lions in an attempt to salvage a replay. I'd say they have been comfortable for long periods of the second half.
Balotelli's first involvement sees him turn and from 35 yards slams the ball high over the bar. Inauspicious start from the Italian. Less than a quarter of the game to go and you'd hardly say Blackburn have entered a period of hanging on for a replay. They look comfortable.
Liverpool build up ahead of steam now and they should be a goal to the good as Kolo Toure directs Coutinho's free-kick onto the outside of the Blackburn post, with Simon Eastwood beaten. Mario Balotelli on for the ineffective Lazar Markovic as we enter the last 30 minutes.
Another penalty appeal and this time it's Liverpool who are complaining after Sterling's weaving run ends with a threaded pass towards Sturridge who is hauled back, off the ball by captain Matt Kilgallon. Not a massive amount of contact but definitely intent to stop his progress from the Rovers defender.
Update on the condition of Martin Skrtel who despite getting dressed and sitting up and talking has been taken to hospital as a precaution after losing consciousness after his fall in the first half.
Big chance for Blackburn and you wonder how many more of these they can afford to pass up. Craig Conway wins and takes a corner from the right and Alex Baptiste meets with powerfully and forces Mignolet into a diving save to tip the ball over the bar.
Players out for the second half at Anfield. No changes, but hopefully a change to the flow of the game which has been a little hit and miss.
Half time: Liverpool 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
A 53-minute half at Anfield after Martin Skrtel was stretchered off after a challenge with Rudy Gestede, who has been at the center of most things during a stalemate first half. Kolo Toure had the ball in the net but was offside but meanwhile the best chances have gone the way of Blackburn with Gestede and Conway both going close. Good tie, but needs a goal. Only had two in 225 minutes of FA Cup quarter-final football so far.
First real effort from Liverpool of any credence and it comes from Daniel Sturridge, who holds off Kilgallon and gets away a shot which Simon Eastwood beats away. Approaching half time at Anfield.
Eight added on minutes at Anfield after the long delay at the start of the game as Martin Skrtel received treatment. Blackburn free-kick which is again flicked on by Gestede but Liverpool clear. Been anything but plain sailing for the Premier League's in-form side.
Ball in the net for Liverpool but ruled out for offside as a flick from a free-kick comes through to Kolo Toure, off the hand of Rudy Gestede, but the flag is raised. No spot-kick either, given the handball came after the initial header.
Chances continue to come for Blackburn and they should be in front this time. Gestede beautifully dummies a pass on the edge of the box and it comes through to Conway who takes one touch before skying the ball over the bar.
Raheem Sterling playing at left full-back this afternoon and in blocking Rudy Gestede from getting a volley away, knocked the ball away with his arm. There is not a single appeal from the Blackburn players or any indication from the officials an incident had taken place but that is a clear spot-kick. Rovers hard done by.
Liverpool almost twice contributors to their own downfall as Blackburn twice go close. First, as Johnson directs Conway;s cross agonisingly wide of his own goal and then as Toure rashly clear from six yards out when Mignolet called for the cross. Thankfully, Blackburn having a go in the early stages.
Penalty appeals from Liverpool but waved away as Matt Kilgallon pokes the ball away from Adam Lallana as the England took aim at goal, with a corner being awarded rather than a spot-kick.
Rudy Gestede, who challenged Skrtel a moment ago in the air, is causing more problems with his aerial prowess and he directs a floated free-kick towards goal but wide as he beats Simon Mignolet to the ball. Kolo Toure not overly happy with the nature of the challenge. Immediate update on Martin Skrtel's wellbeing, with confirmation there is no break or fracture suffered by the defender upon him hitting the turf.
As the Slovakian defender is take from the field it is clear all is better than it initially seemed as he reacts to the applause from Anfield with his thumbs in the air. Clear frustration as far as he is concerned, perhaps having learned of the extent of his injury. We await further news on the injuries suffered to the Liverpool defender. Nine minute delay but we're back under way at a subdued Anfield.
Skrtel eased onto a stretcher but he remains on the field. Toure will replace him as his Liverpool teammates find their positions still with the shock of the incident etched on each of their faces. Horrible way for this prestige tie to start.
Kolo Toure coming on for Skrtel who remains flat out on the Anfield turf. Uncertain whether a stretcher is going to be required by the Liverpool defender has not yet sat up.