Blackburn 1-3 Liverpool
Gerrard was among the scorers as the pressure increased on Paul Ince
Goals from Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun and Steven Gerrard were enough to keep Liverpool top of the table and leave Blackburn without a league win in 10.
Stephen Warnock stopped Benayoun giving Liverpool the lead before Morten Gamst Pedersen fired against the crossbar.
After half-time Alonso sidefooted past Paul Robinson to open the scoring and Benayoun shot low to double the lead.
Roque Santa Cruz’s header gave Rovers hope but Gerrard found an empty net after poor defending from the hosts.
Blackburn manager Paul Ince is likely to come under increased pressure after his side slumped to their fifth successive league defeat.
They sit second from bottom, just two points above West Brom, who have a game in hand.
Liverpool remain a point clear of Chelsea at the Premier League summit and boss Rafael Benitez will be delighted to return to winning ways following back-to-back goalless draws.
The Merseyside outfit dominated the opening exchanges as Blackburn portrayed all the hallmarks of a team desperately lacking in confidence.
The hosts’ ball-retention was poor and they seemed bereft of ideas in the attacking third.
Liverpool looked to release wingers Benayoun and Ryan Babel at every opportunity and on 18 minutes Steven Gerrard sent Benayoun racing through on goal, only for Warnock to intervene with an outstanding challenge.
But Liverpool, lining up in a 4-5-1 formation with Robbie Keane dropped to the bench and Dirk Kuyt the lone striker, did not create another clear-cut chance in a half notable for the visitors’ shortage of inspiration and cutting edge.
Blackburn grew in belief and were unfortunate not to take the lead when Pedersen’s long-range strike on 27 minutes was expertly tipped onto the woodwork by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Reina was again called upon to save from Pedersen before half-time, this time palming a free-kick to safety, but the game became scrappy after the break.
The passing was, at times, woeful but Liverpool showed marginally more quality going forward and Robinson was forced to react well to repel Alonso’s drive after 57 minutes.
Moments later Liverpool should have broken the deadlock but when Robinson spilled Gerrard’s fierce strike, Benayoun could not follow up and Ryan Nelson scrambled the ball clear.
Blackburn were rocking and it came as no surprise when Alonso sidefooted past Robinson from just inside the penalty area.
The Spaniard pounced with a calm finish after Andre Ooijer, under pressure from Kuyt, had failed to deal with Gerrard’s cross from the right and his fellow centre-half Christopher Samba was nowhere to be seen.
The Merseysiders could well have lost their lead on 75 minutes as Roque Santa Cruz rose to meet Ooijer’s precise centre from the right but could not find the target with his header.
That miss proved coast because at the other end Benayoun collected Kuyt’s pass on the right, skipped past Warnock’s terrible attempted-tackle and lashed a low drive across goal and into Robinson’s bottom right-hand corner.
In stoppage time Robinson, faced with Nabil El Zhar, was forced to rush his clearance and it fell to Albert Riera, who squared to Gerrard and the captain rounded off Liverpool’s win.
Blackburn: Robinson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Emerton, Andrews, Kerimoglu (Vogel 84), Pedersen (McCarthy 81), Roque Santa Cruz, Derbyshire (Treacy 90).
Subs Not Used: Brown, Villanueva, Simpson, Fowler.
Booked: Andrews, Warnock.
Goals: Roque Santa Cruz 86.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Hyypia, Insua, Benayoun (Riera 87), Mascherano (Leiva Lucas 83), Alonso, Babel (El Zhar 64), Gerrard, Kuyt.
Subs Not Used: Cavalieri, Dossena, Agger, Keane.
Booked: Babel, Arbeloa.
Goals: Alonso 69, Benayoun 79, Gerrard 90.
Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).
BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Liverpool’s Pepe Reina with 7.27 (on 90 minutes).
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