Martin Keown: Liverpool struggled to dominate at Ewood Park.

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Liverpool beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at Ewood Park to seal their position in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Arsenal legend Martin Keown reckons the Reds struggled to dominate the clash, as he praised match winner Philippe Coutinho.

Brendan Rodgers' side bounced back with a win on Wednesday night after back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premier League.

Coutinho found the back of the net in the 70th minute to secure the win and when former England international Keown was asked what he thought of Liverpool’s performance against Blackburn, he told the Daily Mail: "They struggled to dominate, and I think a big part of that was how Raheem Sterling got stuck out wide.

"He was well marshalled by their right back, Adam Henley, but I don’t understand why he didn’t swap position and go up against someone else. Perhaps he didn’t want it to look like he had been beaten by Henley.

"Coutinho was the matchwinner and had a good game – it’s obvious he and Sterling are Liverpool’s two best players right now. He started to perform at the end of last season, then missed out on Brazil’s World Cup squad, which was a surprise for me.

"But now he’s one of Dunga’s key men and this rise in standing shows you how much he’s progressed.

"I know he scored last night, but I think he needs to work at his close-range finishing and composure. He often ends up in front of goal having run from a long way out, and all that hard work counts for nothing if you can’t finish off the chance when you get into the penalty area."

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