QPR 0-3 Liverpool – Suarez Destroys Lowly Rangers

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By Jonathan Carroll

After being outmuscled and outworked by a superior Stoke City team on Boxing Day Liverpool looked to bounce back against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday. Once more it was the Luis Suarez show and with the striker leading Clint Hill and the rest of the Rangers back four a merry dance all afternoon. Suarez bagged two quality goals all of his own making and defender Daniel Agger headed home a third.

With Brendan Rodgers and some of his backroom team and players out of commission with a virus, Colin Pascoe took over and steered Liverpool to a comfortable win in London.  Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen were all restored to the starting line up after the loss at Stoke and all three contributed to the team performance even if Sterling was well below his usual high standard. It was Henderson’s pass which found Suarez around twenty-five yards out. The Uruguayan turned, figured to shoot, turned Clint Hill, then pushed the ball past the defender into the eighteen yard box and finished low into the bottom left hand corner before nearby defenders could tackle or in Hill’s case kick the striker.

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The second goal came from  a give and go between Stewart Downing and Suarez who dribbled along the endline, then tried to find Sterling with a pullback. The attempted clearance went as far as Suarez who lashed it home with his left foot giving Julio Cesar no chance in the QPR goal. A short corner was the home teams undoing next. Steven Gerrard whipped in a cross which was powerfully met by Daniel Agger and the reds were now cruising.

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The second half was seen out by Liverpool looking to possess and reserve energy with a hectic fixture list upcoming at the turn of the new year. Some strange substitutions did take place however. With Gerrard and Suarez surely in need of a rest they played the entire ninety minutes with Carragher coming on after eighty-seven minutes to replace Joe Allen. One of the other substitutions was a necessary one with the injuted Jose Enriquw replaced by Suso.

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A good win for Liverpool. An expected one at that. The only negative coming in the form of a hamstring tear to Jose Enrique just as he has found form. With the January transfer window almost upon us, some quality additions to the Liverpool squad would see them look to improve on ninth position. Signing some experience would also benefit the team who have looked devoid of leadership in games against tougher opposition. Someone in the mold of a Gary McAllister or even Fernando Morientes would help significantly.

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The jury is still out on Brendan Rodgers and he should be judged at season’s end. I fully expect Rodgers to be in charge this time next season. If however the current form is replicated next season, I do not see Fenway Sports Group having much patience for continuing mediocrity. The Anfield faithful at least will hope that is the case.

Match Statistics

QPR                                    Liverpool

Possession                         34%                                          66%

Shots                                   14                                             16

Shots on Target                    7                                              11

Corners                                1                                                9

Queens Park Rangers

  • 33 Julio Cesar – 6
  • 03 Traore – 5
  • 06 Hill – 3
  • 15 Onuoha – 4
  • 17 Nelsen – 4
  • 02 Diakite – 4 (Granero – 63′ ) – 5
  • 10 Taarabt – 6
  • 11 Wright-Phillips – 5 (Fabio – 80′ Booked )
  • 40 M’bia – 5 (Booked)
  • 09 Cisse 5 (Derry – 46′ ) – 5
  • 12 Mackie – 7

Substitutes

  • 01 Green
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 20 Fabio
  • 04 Derry
  • 14 Granero
  • 32 Faurlin
  • 23 Hoilett

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 7
  • 03 Jose Enrique  – 7 (Suso – 71′ )
  • 05 Agger – 7
  • 37 Skrtel – 7
  • 08 Gerrard – 8
  • 14 Henderson – 7 (Lucas – 64′ Booked )
  • 19 Downing – 7
  • 24 Allen – 6 (Carragher – 87′ )
  • 31 Sterling – 5
  • 07 Suarez – 9

Substitutes

  • 42 Gulacsi
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 21 Lucas
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 11 Assaidi
  • 30 Suso
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