THIS weekend’s trip to Anfield could be the last match of substance we get to savour this season.

A creditable point and clean sheet at Bournemouth did little to improve our shocking league position.


And now sitting 15 points behind sixth place, we can start to look forward to a further season in the Championship and a likely reunion with our dear friends at the Turf.

But however unlikely it might be, a trip to Anfield represents the one competition in which we still have a chance at silverware.

It will be a huge upset if we come away from Liverpool with anything other than our tails between our legs, but Anfield does hold happy memories for Rovers fans in recent years.

Of course 20 years ago it was the scene of our greatest ever achievement, although we were defeated on the day.

And five years later it was the scene of a major cup shock when Nathan Blake met Per Frandsen’s ball from the right and slotted home for a late winner.

That was the fourth round of the FA Cup and Tony Parkes was still in charge after Brian Kidd left the club earlier that season.

Funnily enough, looking at the Liverpool team that day, it also included future Rovers players Stephane Henchoz, who of course had made his name at Ewood but returned in 2006, Dominic Matteo, David Thompson on the bench and a certain Danny Murphy.

At the time, Rovers had been struggling in the league as they came to terms with relegation from the top flight.

And it is surprising Rovers escaped with a clean sheet intact considering the back four consisted of Jeff Kenna, Christian Dailly, Darren Peacock and Callum Davidson.

So perhaps the current Rovers side can take some inspiration from that team, which also included David Dunn on the bench, and get a result against all the odds.

That said, Liverpool won at home to Manchester City on Sunday, but we can only hope that Ashley Barnes kicks a few lumps out of their star players when Burnley visit them tomorrow night!

What can be guaranteed is a fantastic following from Rovers, whose travelling fans were rightly praised by Gary Bowyer after the Bournemouth trip.

I was listening to the commentary of the game on my way home from work (perk of the job) on Saturday and all you could hear were the 756 Rovers fans chanting away.

Finance and family commitments make away days very difficult for me these days, but we have a good number of loyal away fans and you really do us proud.