QPR 3-2 Liverpool – Mediocrity Exposed

By Jonathan Carroll.

Liverpool’s league form tells a very different story to that of their cup success. Add to that the fact you cannot be “unlucky” for an entire season. Some of Liverpool’s current players are mediocre and if you don’t believe that statement simply take a look at the Premier League table. The Reds sit in seventh spot, twelve points off fourth placed Spurs and three points above a Swansea team who cost seven million pounds to assemble or the cost of one Charlie Adam.

Wednesday evenings game against Queens Park Rangers was there for the taking and for seventy-six minutes it looked like the starting eleven Kenny Dalglish put out to do a job were for all intents and purposes getting it done. However, a recurring theme popped up yet again. Liverpool dominating games and not putting teams away is a regular theme this season. Add to that the defensive frailties of Jamie Carragher and individual mistakes of a plethora of other Liverpool players and you have a mediocre team. A team unable to put a consistent run of form together but are capable of once off performances, also known as the cup competitions.

Sebastian Coates scored an expertly executed overhead volley before Dirk Kuyt prodded the Redmen 2-0 ahead after good work by Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing. That lead was held all of five minutes. Shaun Derry headed one back for the home side before Liverpool old boy Djibril Cisse headed home a cross from the left after eighty-six minutes. To say the defending for the first two goals was atrocious is an understatement. QPR finished off a fine comeback in injury time when Jamie Mackie took full advantage of a Jose Enrique mistake to slot through Pepe Reina’s legs.

A two goal lead blown away to relegation battler’s QPR. It’s not the case where Dalglish is directly to blame, the players were doing their job for seventy-six minutes but failed to finish it. If this season has taught Liverpool supporters anything it should be the golden rule that if you don’t take your chances you will be punished. This was the case yet again on Wednesday night in London. The fact remains that Dalglish and Damian Comolli are responsible for purchasing players. To invest in the squad as heavily as Liverpool FC did in the summer should allow you to challenge for the top four, be in contention at least up until the last few days of the season. The reason the club finds itself in its current position is due to the fact that some of the current players are average at best. Lucas Leiva and Daniel Agger are automatic first teamer’s as are Steven Gerrard when fit and Luis Suarez. Maxi Rodriguez is probably one of the most technically gifted players at the club but has been ignored for the most part and will leave in the summer. This season has seen the improvement of Martin Skrtel and Enrique and Bellamy were both astute purchases. Dirk Kuyt can do a job and after that there’s not many players that stand out or would make it into the starting eleven of the current top four.

Perspective is always needed and after such a game it can be difficult to find a handful of Red’s supporters with any. Kenny Dalglish is in his first full season in charge after taking over from Roy Hodgson. This coming summer transfer market will be huge for the Red’s. Get the right players in and top four success will lead the club back to the path of challenging for the right cups. The League trophy and the European Cup. Go another season without the Champions League and mediocre players will continue to fill the starting eleven.

Match Statistics

QPR                                     Liverpool

Possession               48%                                         52%

Shots on Target         5                                              11

Corners                      7                                              17

Fouls                          8                                               6

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Kenny
  • 13 Traore (Taiwo – 46′ )
  • 18 Young
  • 35 Ferdinand
  • 42 Onuoha
  • 02 Diakite
  • 04 Derry
  • 07 Taarabt
  • 17 Barton (Mackie – 62′ )
  • 23 Cisse (Buzsaky – 88′ )
  • 52 Zamora


  • 24 Cerny
  • 06 Gabbidon
  • 34 Taiwo
  • 14 Buzsaky
  • 32 Wright-Phillips
  • 10 Bothroyd
  • 12 Mackie


  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 03 Jose Enrique – 5
  • 23 Carragher – 4
  • 34 Kelly (Coates – 34′ ) – 7
  • 37 Skrtel – 5
  • 08 Gerrard – 5
  • 19 Downing – 5
  • 20 Spearing – 6
  • 26 Adam – 3 (Henderson – 46′ ) – 4
  • 07 Suarez – 7 (Carroll – 82′ )
  • 18 Kuyt – 6


  • 32 Doni
  • 06 Aurelio
  • 16 Coates
  • 38 Flanagan
  • 14 Henderson
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 09 Carroll
Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: 18,033

2 thoughts on “QPR 3-2 Liverpool – Mediocrity Exposed

  1. ‘There’s not much more to say, I don’t have answers to what happened but we have to find answers. For most of the game we were dominant.”

    For Kenny Dalglish to say that in March is mind boggling. A team should protect a 2-0 lead.


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