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QPR 2, Liverpool 3: First Thoughts

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Liverpool's fantastic striker Own Goal secured a victory despite a depressingly unacceptable team performance.

Clive Rose

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QPR 2 Vargas 87', 90+1'
Liverpool 3 Dunne (O.G) 67', Coutinho 90', Caulker (O.G) 90+4

  • Liverpool started with a line-up that looked fluid on paper and promised much movement. Emre Can's return was straight to the starting eleven and Mario Balotelli was trusted to lead the line once again. Raheem Sterling, the nefarious and diabolical international upstart, wasn't tired enough to feature  and José Enrique's international break holidaying culminated in a first league start of the season.

  • Liverpool were desperately poor in the first half. Shades of Basel and then some. Queens Park Rangers started well and should have taken the lead through Leroy Fer in the first half. On 28 minutes, it was all too easy as Fer was unmarked and hammered his shot against the bar. Bobby Zamora looked unplayable against unconvincing centre backs.

  • Liverpool looked poor.

  • Liverpool looked desperately poor.

  • Balotelli's terrible miss and Richard Dunne's own goal were fitting. Liverpool would not have scored any other way.

  • Vargas, Philippe Coutinho, Vargas, and Liverpool's goalscoring totem otherwise known as own goal via Steven Caulker scored late late goals in a crazy ending to the match. 

  • Liverpool are too easy to play against and what more can one say about this performance? QPR were rampant and overran Liverpool at times. There are serious problems and injuries cannot explain this away. Certain players need to do a lot more for the side to justify their respective inclusions.

  • Mignolet shouldn't be one of Liverpool's best performers against a ragged QPR side but it is easy to set up against Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has a lot of work to do. Pages upon pages are needed to pick apart the maddening performances of Liverpool's players. Liverpool did not deserve the win but got it nonetheless.

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