Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Liverpool
0-1 Suarez (10), 0-2 Suarez (16), 0-3 Agger (28)
There was an unusual pre-curser to this game with the news that BR, plus others, were ill and had been sent home. If this is going to be the sort of result we get whilst when BR is away I suggest he be chained to sick bed for ninety minutes every week!
This was all to easy. QPR gave a better account of themselves in the second half however by then the damage had been done as we gleefully took advantage of their defensive sloppiness, their inability to keep the ball and their kindness in granting us lots of space. This enabled us to kill the game off long before you expect to in any other reasonable Premiership match. Once again Luis Suarez was the catalyst mischievous, pesky, and generally to hot to handle getting in with two early “kills” to set us up nicely, steady the nerves and disconcert QPR.
Unsurprisingly after the disappointment at Stoke some changes made. Allen, Henderson and Sterling were bought in, Lucas, Shelvey and Suso made way Colin Pascoe replaced BR but apparently had decided this would be the line up before the lurgi struck. Note to the owners QPR play in blue and white hoops with white shorts so our all red does not clash with this so why were we wearing black? The cynic in me sees a crass seasonal attempt to parade our new wears, I’ll instruct my son to spend his Christmas money on sweets and crisps!
After some initial probing in which Suarez burnt QPR keeper Cesar’s fingers with an early swipe from distance, things fell nicely and quickly into place. After just ten minutes Suarez received the ball from Henderson and he was away evading Hill and before two more QPR defenders could get close, the ball had been jabbed past Cesar into the bottom corner. Before anyone had had time settle we were 2-0 up. Again it was Suarez linking up with Downing on the right and crossing only to have it returned to him by the unlucky Onuoha’s attempt to cut it out. It was easy to scoop the ball over a hapless Cesar.
A good foundation to set us for the rest of the game however, those who were here last season will remember how we were clawed back. Perhaps Taarabt’s appeal for a penalty, after his free kick hit Henderson’s arm, was the start, it should have been given? However we were seemingly in no mood to let it slip this time harrying and chasing the opposition giving them no time to settle or take stock. Johnson seized on to long raking ball from Skrtel to have his cross cleared into the crowd by Nelson with Suarez lurked behind sniffing his hat trick. The Uruguayan continued to probe with QPR struggling to contain him. Traore checked one of his runs into the area but Downing knocked the resulting corner short to Gerrard who bent it across to Agger who headed home to seal matters and spark up the home boos… only 62 minutes to go!
That ended the scoring however, there was nothing the game to suggest that it would. Gerrard, after another Suarez excursion into the box, had his low shot somehow scrambled away. In second half Suarez fired a rising effort that produced a good save from Cesar. QPR made more off a fist of it Traore, M’bia (twice) had efforts however none them unduly tested Reina, and anyway the “improvement” only amounted to treading water.
A poor QPR effort? Undoubtedly so we shouldn’t get too carried away however, credit where credit is due we made the most of it by, for once, taking our chances and making the most of the opportunities that were presented to us. A good start that was, for once, rewarded when perhaps others, against Villa and Stoke, weren’t or were carelessly fritted away. Above all a good response to Boxing Day’s defeat and nice way to end a curate’s egg of a year.
Queens Park Rangers; Julio Cesar, Traore, Hill, Onuoha, Nelsen, Diakite (Granero – 63′ ), Taarabt, Wright-Phillips (Fabio – 80′ Booked ), M’bia Booked, Cisse (Derry – 46′ ), Mackie Substitutes: Green, Ferdinand, Fabio, Derry, Granero, Faurlin, Hoilett
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique (Suso – 71′ ), Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson (Lucas – 64′ Booked ), Downing, Allen (Carragher – 87′ ), Sterling, Suarez Substitutes: Gulacsi, Coates, Carragher, Lucas, Shelvey, Assaidi, Suso