sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 30 December 2012, 4:00pm
  • Loftus Road
  • Attendance: 18,304
QPRQPRvLiverpoolLiverpool
03
  • Suárez, 10
  • Suárez, 16
  • Agger, 27

live commentary

FULL-TIME:Liverpool end the year by strolling to victory over basement boys QPR, who remain eight points adrift of safety. The Rs were much better in the second half, but the damage had already been done. Redknapp has a colossal job on his hands to turn around the club's fortunes in 2013. Liverpool climb one place above Swansea into ninth. Thanks for following our coverage.

90 mins:Fabio collects a yellow card for a late challenge on Sterling. Three minutes added on.

87 mins:Carragher is on for Liverpool, making his 492nd league appearance for the club. That takes him joint second in the record books with Billy Liddell, but still a way off Ian Callaghan's 640. Allen is being taken off.

83 mins:No he won't. Mbia fires the free-kick through a gap next to the wall, but Reina is equal to the effort. I can't understand why Taarabt isn't taking these free-kicks. He's been QPR's best player again today.

82 mins:Taarabt is brought down a couple of yards outside the Liverpool box by Lucas, who is shown a yellow card. Surely Taarabt will take this one.

79 mins:Wright-Phillips is being replaced by Fabio as QPR make their final change. Few boos from the home fans as SWP departs. He's been ineffective but he's not been the only one.

77 mins:Gerrard wastes a promising attack after Liverpool outnumber their opponents going forward. Play then switches to the other end with another Mbia strike, but Reina gathers at the second attempt after parrying.

74 mins:Sterling spins around Wright-Phillips after collecting a short corner before his cross towards Agger is turned behind. The next corner is claimed comfortably by Cesar.

71 mins:Liverpool are forced to make a sub as Enrique hobbles off. Suso is his replacement. Chris from Exeter says, "Wake up QPR fans! Redknapp's 'doin a Pompey' on you - he'll only take the money and run...you deserve better!"

69 mins:Mbia has another effort, this time from just inside the area, but he bends his shot wide despite having plenty of time.

66 mins:QPR are seeing much more of the ball in this half. Mbia unleashes a shot from about 30 yards but fires his attempt straight at Reina. Jamie from Hull adds, "It's a shame Dundee Utd lost isn't it lads...haha." (Scroll down to 0 mins)

64 mins:Granero's first touch will be to hit this dangerous free-kick, but he scuffs his effort well wide. Taarabt won't be happy - he was waiting patiently to take it before Granero was subbed on.

63 mins:Here's a little hope for QPR as Agger handballs a few yards outside his own box after trying to tackle Taarabt. Harry makes his second sub as Granero replaces Diakite. Lucas is also coming for Liverpool, with Henderson making way.

61 mins:QPR are enjoying their best spell of the match as Taarabt flashes a shot across the six-yard box, before arrowing another straight down the throat of Reina.

60 mins:Mbia earns a corner for his side after his shot deflects behind off Agger, but the set-piece is wasted when Wright-Phillips fails to control Tarrabt's pass to the edge of the box.

57 mins:Mbia attempt to lead a QPR break but he's hauled down by Johnson, who gets a yellow card. There was contact but Mbia made the most of it.

54 mins:Gerrard sprays a low corner into the box for Henderson, but he scoops his first-time shot over.

53 mins:Suarez chips a cross into the six-yard box from the byline which Gerrard looks poised to nod in, but Onuoha gets across to make a crucial headed clearance.

50 mins:Suarez almost grabs his hat-trick as he sidesteps a challenge on the edge of the box and pulls the trigger, but his goalbound strike is brilliantly tipped over by Cesar.

48 mins:I'm sure Harry was hoping for a reaction at the start of this half but it's not happened. Liverpool win a free-kick on the left which the hosts clear from inside their own area.

46 mins:QPR have made a change as former Liverpool striker Cisse is replaced by Derry. Maybe Harry is protecting his side's goal difference. Liverpool assistant Colin Pascoe, who is in charge in the absence of the unwell Rodgers, was apparently banned from the dressing room at the break by the club doctor as he also has a touch of this bug which is spreading through the Reds camp. Not that much needed saying.

HALF-TIME:Men against boys at Loftus Road. Liverpool are cruising. Suarez helped himself to an early brace before Agger headed in a third goal for the rampant Reds, but they could have scored five or six. Unsurprisingly, QPR are playing with zero confidence and look like a Championship-bound side. Join us for the second half soon. Can the Rs mount an unlikely comeback?

45 mins:Taarabt roams forward and tries to beat Reina from 25 yards, but hammers his shot a few feet wide of the target. He's started to come alive but surely it's too late for QPR to rescue something from this game. One minute added on.

41 mins:Gerrard tries his luck from distance but skies his effort. Kearney from Belfast says, "Mighty Reds winning and my girl Sian just said yes to us getting married. Perfect day." Did you propose while watching the match?

39 mins:Taarabt calls Reina into action for the first time, but his shot from 25 yards is straight at the keeper, who handles the ball well.

37 mins:Liverpool go desperately close to a fourth. Suarez is again the main menace as he forces his way into the box and pulls the ball back for an unmarked Gerrard on the penalty spot. The Liverpool skipper hits it low and hard but his deflected effort is hacked off the line by Nelsen.

35 mins:The hunt is on for a fourth goal as Liverpool press forward down the left before Cesar collects a deflected cross. The QPR keeper has touched the ball more times than Taarabt and Cisse combined.

32 mins:Liverpool are continuing to dominate as Henderson flashes a shot just wide from 20 yards. The way this is going they could finish with double figures by 6pm. Jules from Liverpool says, "You can never write the Reds off keep it going lads and show the doubters what we can do. YNWA."

28 mins: THREE FOR LIVERPOOL!This is getting embarrassing for QPR. A short corner is played to Gerrard, who floats in a cross which AGGER heads into the bottom corner from eight yards. This is ridiculously easy for Liverpool.

26 mins:Liverpool go close again as Cesar fumbles Gerrard's strike from a corner, but Henderson pokes the rebound wide.

25 mins:Almost a hat-trick for Suarez! Johnson gets behind the defence and knocks the ball past Cesar and across the QPR goal. Suarez is waiting to tap in at the far post, but Nelsen clears from underneath his own crossbar.

21 mins:Rare chance to threaten the Liverpool goal as QPR win a free-kick 25 yards out, but Taarabt curls the ball straight into the wall.

18 mins:Well I bet Rodgers is feeling a bit better. Suarez has now scored 12 Premier League goals this campaign- one more than his total from the whole of last season. He could end up with a few more before the end of this game too.

16 mins: SUAREZ STRIKES AGAIN!Suarez is having a field day. The Uruguayan starts the move by beating Hill in the air. After receiving the ball back from Downing, Suarez breaks into the right of the QPR box and drills a low cross into the centre. Onuoha does well to intercept the danger, but the ball pops straight back to Suarez, who can't miss from five yards out. This could be a long afternoon for Harry.

13 mins:Liverpool are threatening every time they pour forward. QPR's defence are struggling to cope with the movement of their opponents, in particular Suarez. Agger enjoys a stroll towards the Rs box but he's tackled before he can pull his left trigger.

10 mins: SUAREZ SLOTS LIVERPOOL IN FRONT!Who else? Suarez picks the ball up 30 yards from goal, glides past Hill with ease and then strokes the ball into the bottom corner past a helpless Cesar. Too easy for Suarez - he left Hill for dead.

8 mins:Shout for handball against Gerrard as he blocks Mackie's cross right on the edge of the Liverpool area, but his arms were down by his side and the ball appeared to strike his chest anyway.

5 mins:Promising start by the Reds. Sterling, who was part of the QPR academy before Liverpool came calling in 2010, tries to force his way into the box but his path is blocked by a swarm of blue and white shirts.

3 mins:Early scare for the struggling Rs. Suarez slips the ball past Hill and then fizzes in a 25-yard strike which is beaten away by the recalled Cesar.

0 mins:QPR get the last Premier League match of the year underway. Martin from Southport says, "Want the mortgage paid for three months, 200 quid treble on Chelsea, Liverpool and Dundee Utd!"

1556:The handshakes are taking place in the middle. Plenty of comments are coming in. Ben from Derby says, "Could be 3-0 to either team due to the inconsistency of both sides!" Roy from Bury St Edmunds adds, "Liverpool's form is anybody's guess at the moment but I fancy an improving QPR to get an important win today."

1521:Team sheets are in. Harry Redknapp makes four changes from his side's defeat to West Brom. Fit-again Julio Cesar replaces Rob Green in goal, while Ryan Nelsen, Nedum Onuoha and Samba Diakite come in for Anton Ferdinand, Fabio and Alejandro Faurlin. Liverpool make three changes from their Boxing Day loss at Stoke as Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling replace Lucas, Jonjo Shelvey and Suso.

1515:Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage from Loftus Road. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is absent from the dugout as he is suffering from a bug. Back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones and head of performance Glen Driscoll have also been sent home by the club's medical team to reduce the risk of infecting other members of the squad. Assistant manager Colin Pascoe and coach Mike Marsh will be calling the shots (unless Rodgers has Skype set up). How will that affect Liverpool's performance?

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 30 December 2012, 4:00pm
  • Loftus Road
  • Attendance: 18,304
QPRQPRvLiverpoolLiverpool
03
  • Suárez, 10
  • Suárez, 16
  • Agger, 27

match report

Liverpool delivered the perfect 'get well soon' message to absent manager Brendan Rodgers as a comfortable 3-0 victory did little to ease rock-bottom Queens Park Rangers' relegation fears.

In the final Premier League fixture of 2012, Rodgers was not at Loftus Road due to a virus and the visitors from Merseyside were instead led by first-team coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh.

But the nonattendance of their manager did little to hurt Liverpool, who bounced back from the Boxing Day defeat by Stoke City with a double from the superb Luiz Suarez and a Daniel Agger header in the first half.

QPR, meanwhile, head in to 2013 seemingly needing a miracle to escape relegation after Harry Redknapp saw his team at times torn to shreds by their opponents' waves of attacks in London.

Liverpool started much the better team and their superior passing soon led to the opening goal as Suarez turned Clint Hill outside the box before advancing into the penalty area and firing past Julio Cesar after just 10 minutes.

Uruguay international Suarez was running the QPR defence ragged and, only six minutes later, he doubled the score when finishing from close range after his initial cross-shot had been blocked straight back to his feet by Nedum Onuoha.

Redknapp's rock-bottom Premier League hosts were getting ripped apart by attack after attack from Liverpool and, with a sense of inevitability, Agger made it 3-0 in the 28th minute with fine header from Steven Gerrard's right-wing cross.

Liverpool continued their onslaught and captain Gerrard was unfortunate not to add a fourth before half-time when his 18-yard effort ricocheted off several QPR defenders before somehow failing to cross the goalline.

Redknapp stood shaking his head on the touchline, having started the game already at the foot of the table and eight points adrift of safety, and he heard his team, still with just one league win this season, booed off at the interval.

QPR replaced former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse with Shaun Derry for the second half and they improved, clinging to the hope of a repeat of last season's comeback against the same opponents, who blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 in London in March.

But Cesar was still busy to prevent Suarez from completing his hat-trick with an 18-yard shot, Onuoha just beat Gerrard to what would have been a goalscoring header and Jordan Henderson blazed over when well placed.

Liverpool's afternoon was only soured when losing left-back Jose Enrique to an apparent hamstring injury in the latter stages before the final whistle.

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team line-up

33Julio César
3Armand Traore
15Nedum Onuoha
17Ryan Nelsen
6Clint Hill
2Samba Diakité63
40Stéphane Mbia
12Jamie Mackie
11Shaun Wright-Phillips80
10Adel Taarabt
9Djibril Cissé45

substitutes

1Robert Green
4Shaun Derry45
5Anton Ferdinand
14Esteban Granero63
32Alejandro Faurlin
23Junior Hoilett
20Fabio80

referee

Anthony Taylor

team line-up

25José Reina
37Martin Skrtel
3José Enrique71
5Daniel Agger
2Glen Johnson
31Raheem Sterling
8Steven Gerrard
19Stewart Downing
24Joe Allen87
14Jordan Henderson64
7Luis Suárez

substitutes

33Jonjo Shelvey
42Peter Gulacsi
30Suso71
23Jamie Carragher87
21Lucas Leiva64
16Sebastián Coates
11Oussama Assaidi

referee

Anthony Taylor

match stats

possession %3366
shots on target67
shots off target77
corners19
tackles won1720
offsides30