QPR 0-3 Liverpool

Game in a sentence

Luis Suarez scores twice, leading Liverpool to a convincing victory at Loftus Road

Observations

  • Watching QPR play football is downright painful. Daniel Agger’s goal in the 27th minute capped an atrocious defensive performance. Clint Hill called out Jose Bosingwa for not giving his all for the club. “I think the gaffer is right,” Hill said. “If you don’t want to go on the bench then do you want to be here?” He’s right. Unfortunately Hill is quite terrible. Loftus Road is where positive football goes to die.
  • Kudos to the QPR fans in attendance. The “You’re nothing special we lose every week” song is both heartbreaking and amazing.
  • I may be late to the party, but it’s time Luis Suarez got his due. His opening marker is what separates the Uruguayan lightning rod from the rest. Eight goals away from home and breathtaking skill — in Luis we trust.
  •  Relegation stares QPR in the face. Via Opta: QPR are the 15th top-flight team to have 10 or fewer pts (based on 3pts/win) from 20 games. The previous 14 all went down.
  • This game was decided in the first in the first 20 minutes. Along with Suarez, Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson played well. Downing’s clever pass allowed Suarez to streak into the box for goal number two.
  • Watching Julio César play behind this horrid defence has become thoroughly depressing. Excuse me while I watch clips from his glory days at Inter.
  • Picking one player to blame for QPR’s poor play is a fools errand. Let’s give it a shot anyways. On talent alone Adel Taarabt can be the best player on the pitch. Whether he chooses to remains the question. I’m not saying Taarabt isn’t trying — how the hell would I know — but the lack of cohesion with Djibril Cissé was confounding.
  • Forget Taarabt. Shaun Wright-Phillips exemplifies everything that is wrong with this club — a burgeoning star that flamed out.
  • Steven Gerrard deserves a shout out for his work today. Playing the role of manager on the pitch in Brendan Rodgers absence, Gerrard created the Agger goal and would’ve had one of his own if not for goal line clearance. In the last five games Stevie G  has three goals and four assists. What decline?
  • Tony Fernandes is a smart man. QPR would add to their woes by going out and making more incredulous buys during the January transfer window. Their additions in the summer haven’t panned out — quick fixes often don’t. Keep the wage bill reasonable and get ready for life in the Championship. A return to respectability seems unlikely, at least for this year.

Three stars

1. Luis Suarez

2. Stewart Downing

3. Steven Gerrad