QPR 2 – 3 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool have won again. Not in the most spectacular of performances, but I have never been one to question HOW we win, when we win. It’s best to just be happy with three points than to criticize a team that may not have played their very finest football, they still brought you a victory.
It’s largely luck that helped the reds get the result they needed today. This game saw two own goals by the opposition, only one of the three goal Liverpool were credited with actually were scored by a Liverpool player.
Our starting lineup had some changes from previous games: where we had seen Moreno and Manquillo play, there would be Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique today. Manquillo did get named as substitute, but never made an appearance. Also notably, Emre Can had been chosen as he has now fully recovered from injury and was a part of a winning side on his return to the first team again. With unfortunate reports that although Daniel Sturridge was supposed to have recovered from his thigh injury by now and play in this game against QPR, a new calf injury he picked up very recently meant he would not play today. So Sterling and Balotelli were chosen to be the two main contributors to the striking force in Liverpool’s starting eleven.
The first half of the game was surprisingly goalless. Both teams had chances, but neither could make it count as all opportunities were not taken advantage of and the score would remain a very uninteresting 0-0 at half time.
The second half was more interesting, however. It saw 5 goals, but four of them were scored in less than ten minutes, from the 87th minute onwards. The first goal of the game would be in the 67th minute when a mistake by Richard Dunne as Glen Johnson fired a powerful ball across the QPR goal and Dunne would fire the ball into his own net instead of clearing it in a moment of great misfortune for the home side. This could easily have been the only goal of the game and still a win for Liverpool (0-1) but it would be twenty minutes later when the real action would start up.
Eduardo Vargas was clearly not going to take being beaten without a fight. He would score a goal assisted by Charlie Austin, who had headed an accurate pass to the striker before his right footed shot made its way past Simon Mignolet for QPR’s first goal of the game – and what could have been enough to get his side a point. With only three minutes of regular play and some added injury time to go, the score was QPR 1 – 1 Liverpool.
…And about just three minutes later, Phillipe Coutinho would also show his determination in the dying minutes of the game as he took the ball that he had been assisted with by Steven Gerrard and put a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner of the net. The score would now be QPR 1 – 2 Liverpool. The 90 minute mark had now been passed and it looked yet again like Liverpool could win this, but there were more goals to come still.
Eduardo Vargas wasn’t done scoring it seems and following a corner, Leroy Fer would whip a ball into Liverpool’s penalty area and Vargas would head home his second goal of the day in front of his own fans. Could he have just got his team a single point in the 91st minute? The score was QPR 2- 2 Liverpool and the time on the referee’s watch was ticking away to its near end.
Three minutes later, Raheem Sterling would put a cross into QPR’s box intended for Mario Balotelli but Steven Caulker would attempt to intercept and clear over what should have been his goal’s crossbar as he rushed backwards to defend the late attack but instead, he forced the ball into his own net and in the 94th minute, Liverpool would lead once more as the score became QPR 2- 3 Liverpool.
To be fair to Mario Balotelli, he was in a dangerous position, and would have most likely scored his first Premier League goal had Caulker not got in front of him. I find it disturbing that he has seen some criticism, even from our own fans for not having scored a league goal yet. He is being involved in some major action and the results we have seen with him in the team have been good – he has been a part of our Champions League victories, Capital One wins, and even Premier League games where we got all three points (despite not scoring in them).
Mario has personally and publicly asked for more time to bring out his best performances for the club and promised he would find more goals for the club. I AM WILLING to give him all the time he needs to start becoming a regular goalscorer for Liverpool. He’s TRYING and fans should be trying too… trying to support him while he finds his best form. Criticism is not what he needs to do that. He has to have all the Reds behind him.
So, Liverpool move on from this to face Real Madrid at Anfield very soon, in a Champions League fixture that has been quite exciting in past years.
Lets walk on with hope in our hearts and YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE, reds!
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.