ESPN FC’s Craig Burley recaps the thrilling match between QPR and Liverpool in which QPR’s two own goals gifted Liverpool a 3-2 victory.
Over the past 12 months, Liverpool have gained a reputation as the ‘s great entertainers, but even by their heart-stopping standards the finish to this game was quite remarkable. With three minutes to go the Reds led 1-0 courtesy of a Richard Dunne own goal and looked to be on their way to a largely undeserved victory against a spirited Queens Park Rangers side. What happened after that showed the best and worst of Brendan Rodgers’ side and demonstrated why they’re usually such great value for the TV companies.
A goal conceded from a set piece was followed by a well-crafted goal on the counter-attack. From the kickoff Liverpool were on the back foot again, forced to concede a corner which — of course — they conceded from. With chances coming at either end as both sides looked for a winner, it was the Merseysiders who eventually emerged victorious thanks to another own goal. This time it was the unfortunate Steven Caulker who diverted the ball into his own net following another incisive Liverpool fast break led by Raheem Sterling, who looked fresh and lively after a difficult week.
Somehow Liverpool have crept up to fifth place in the and only goal difference separates them from a top-four spot. That’s the only positive that Kopites can take from what has been a largely poor start to the season. Despite the result, this may have been their worst display yet and unless they buck their ideas up quickly and learn to defend set pieces much better than this they won’t be so high in the table for long.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
(GK) Simon Mignolet, 7 – The Belgian made some excellent saves to keep his side in the game but it was far from a blemish-free outing from him. He was beaten to a cross by Bobby Zamora in the first half and was fortunate to see the ball come back off the crossbar and some may feel he could have done better with QPR’s second goal. Despite these lapses he was still one of Liverpool’s best players, which says it all.
(DF) Glen Johnson, 6 – Used the ball reasonably well and offered an outlet on the right-hand side. Defensively he was more secure than most of his teammates and showed good awareness to link up with Raheem Sterling for the quick free kick that created the opening goal.