"I've left a very happy dressing-room and this could be the first game of the season as far as Blackburn Rovers are concerned. What's gone is gone. We had a plan and it worked. We tried a new formation and the players responded to it superbly well.
"My own position remains unchanged. The club is looking for a star name manager. But we have good directors and a good owner and after 26 years I certainly hope to be staying.
"But our situation cannot revolve around the interests of one man and we've got to use this as a platform. The best thing is that the will and the desire is there."
Roy Evans, the Liverpool manager, said: "Right from the word go we were caught out and it took us 35 minutes to get going. Once again we didn't defend well and there were careless mistakes and a lack of resilience.
"It was a very poor team performance. We'll have to take stock because champions don't concede too many goals."Reuse content