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10 December 2011
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 45016
L. Suárez 47'
Queens Park Rangers
It’s all over at Anfield. Luis Suarez wins it with an early second half header. He was superb today as was the QPR keeper Cerny. Liverpool fully deserved these three points, good game here.
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Wow! A Bellamy break sees Wright Phillips slide in to defend the ball and he smashes it against his own bar.
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Barton’s corner misses everyone and Liverpool can clear their lines.
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What a ball in from Traore and it forces a late corner. Drama?
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Rangers have three added minutes here.
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QPR win it back and they now try to mount a final attack.
Liverpool break and Suarez finds the substitute Shelvey who’s cross wins a late Liverpool corner. No rush here.
Faurlin goes down in the Liverpool box and it’s a shocking dive. Skrtel telling him exactly what he thinks of it too.
The move comes to nothing and Liverpool can look to see this game out now.
The game fizzing out a bit here after a little set too between Bellamy and Barton. QPR have a throw in high in the Liverpool half.
Yellow Card Craig Bellamy
Bellamy has let rip from this freekick on that is so so close. He hits the side netting but to be fair Cerny had it covered.
Hand ball claim there as Suarez chips one into the QPR box. It’s not given though. He later wins a freekick on the edge of the QPR box, didn’t look much in it though.
Time ticking here for QPR but in these closing stages they are looking the most likely.
Wright Phillips has an ambitious 30 yarder. It’s high and wide.
Maxi making way for Bellamy. He’s played well and could have had three goals today if it wasn’t for Cerny.
Cerny called upon after a short back pass from Gabbidon. He’s sharp to it though and clears the danger.
Reina punches clear right under his bar. It’s uncomfortable for the Spaniard. QPR have a throw in high in the Liverpool third. They are growing with confidence in attack now it seems.
It’s end to end now. Boothroyd breaking and Rangers getting bodies up there. They win another corner.
Adam clears it. Liverpool break with pace and win a throw in high up the pitch.
Skrtel defends it. Another QPR corner.
Suarez cuts one back for Kuyt and the stretching Dutchman sees his effort blocked. QPR break and gain a corner at the other end.
Great ball from Barton and Gabbidon got a toe on it. It goes over but that could have gone anywhere.
Freekick QPR. Boothroyd wins one to the left of the Liverpool box. Dangerous position here.
How is Cerny the third choice keeper at QPR? Injuries providing his inclusion today. The boys been top draw.
It’s blocked eventually after a short Downing corner. Liverpool really knocking on the door for a second here.
Adam sprays another expert ball out to Downing. The move results in another corner.
What a goal that would have been. Cerny saves again and it’s Maxi again he stops! Suarez and Maxi played about three one twos on the edge of the QPR box and Maxi got his shot away but the oncoming Cerny saves. Magic play, magic goalkeeping.
Oops, a ref whistle on the cross? I think he knew he got that corner wrong Mr Mason and he gives a QPR freekick quicker than you can say DJ Campbell. Speaking of which, here he is.
Another Liverpool corner? I don’t think this one was actually a corner but Suarez has conned him.
Cerny punched the corner clear and it came back in eventually from Kuyt. Cerny dives on the ball again to thwart another goal.
Corner Liverpool. Brilliant flowing move to get from back to front. Downing and Suarez link again to win the corner.
Great play Charlie Adam who pings one diagonally for Johnson who brings it down superbly on his chest. Johnson breaks into the box and on his weaker left has a swing at goal. It’s high and wide though for the England full back.
That was some save from Cerny. He is having a stormer here today in the QPR goal.
How is that not 2-0? Superb work again from Suarez. His skills force room on the right and he picks out Maxi. Some how Cerny saves it and it’s another corner.
The corner was half cleared, then cleared after another threat. Liverpool work the ball back though after good pressure from QPR.
Downing breaks and he wins a corner after trying to deliver.
Suarez forces a throw in high in the QPR half and from it Kuyt gets a sniff of goal. Good work from the Dutchman on the edge of the QPR box provides a sight of goal. He drags it wide though.
Traore tests the Liverpool backline now with a good cross from the left. It’s headed clear though. Good response from Rangers now.
Now then, Rangers break and Boothroyd gets the ball into feet around the box. He spins Skrtel and the defender goes to ground to tackle. No pen, no appeal, but a QPR attack.
Liverpool continuing to press here and Suarez remains the main target of their attack. QPR standing firm.
It was a superb ball in from the left from Adam and Suarez found the space again. 66 seconds after the restart, terrific start for Liverpool here and well deserved.
Assist Charlie Adam
Goal Luis Suárez
What a start to the second half! Luis Suarez header, 1-0 Liverpool
We’ll be back in 15 minutes. It’s all to play for here at Anfield.
There’s the half time whistle. It’s been all Liverpool and quite how their not ahead I do not know. QPR are playing their part in keeping this game level but will they take a chance in the second period to try and win it?
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Oh! Well the second ball that come in after an over hit corner missed everyone! Downing gets a shot in after just inside the box but it’s saved well again from the impressive Cerny.
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Corner Liverpool. Last chance of the half surely.
Faurlin has a go from about 25 yards. Great play from Shaun Wright Phillips presents the defender with the opportunity. It’s hit well but wide of the target.
Oh Luis Suarez! Again he’s so close! Downing does brilliantly and Suarez is in, left hand side of Cerny who again saves well. Suarez gets another bite from the rebound and smashes it across goal. Still 0-0.
Maxi almost squeezes in Downing to go clear on goal after a lob into him from Suarez, but it’s cut out by QPR. The link up play between Maxi and Suarez this half has been very good.
Penalty appeal from Glen Johnson. He broke into the box and seemed to go down easily. He wasn’t happy with it but nothing given.
Well ten minutes before the break and it’ll be QPR the happiest team so far. Liverpool have been well on top in this game but haven’t found a way through just yet.
‘What a waste of money’ bellows around the QPR end. Is Andy Carroll warming up? Yes he is, doh.
The Scot’s corners aren’t proving successful today at all. It’s defended again. Adam gets another opportunity to deliver from the left and his driven cross is gathered well by Cerny.
It’s cleared though and Liverpool go up the other end to win their own corner. Superb work from Charlie Adam to win it too.
QPR get a rare attack and a Traore cross from the left forces a corner.
Corner cleared. How Liverpool aren’t winning this I’m not quite sure.
Cerny saves QPR. Maxi is put clean through after a superb ball that splits QPR in two. One on one and it’s Cerny that comes out on top, pushing it wide for another Liverpool corner.
Henderson is teed up by Adam for a 25 yarder. It goes horribly high for him though. Liverpool will want to stay patient here and not panic, a goal does look imminent for them on this evidence.
QPR looking very compact today. The likes of Wright Phillips will be relied on for quick counters with this set up. It’s another Liverpool corner here.
Liverpool back on top here and everything’s going through Suarez when they go forward. He’s so lively, a great example to youngsters watching the game
Yellow Card Daniel Agger
Boothroyd smashes it left footed straight into the wall
Freekick QPR. Dangerous position here too after Agger pulls down Boothroyd on the break
Suarez is up again and drills in another dangerous ball from the right. It doesn’t find his targets though. Good work from Suarez so far moving into these channels. He’s looking very dangerous again today
Half hearted penalty appeal their from Suarez and I tell you what, there given for less. He was being held a bit the Uruguayan
QPR keep clearing their lines but there’s nobody getting hold of it in the Liverpool third to hold on to it. Jay Boothroyd looking very isolated today so far
Terrible corner from Charlie Adam, its long and goes out of play
Adams driven freekick is blocked for another corner
Faurlin concedes a free kick after a short corner. Dangerous position here
Liverpool corner after a long ball toward Downing. All Liverpool this
Another great chance for Liverpool and its Suarez again who gets it. Lovely interchange with Suarez and Maxi and when Suarez is presented with the ball in the QPR box he’s crowded out a little by the QPR boys and can’t get the direction he wants on the shot
Suarez flashes one across the QPR goal. He’s busy today and that drive so an audacious one at goal. A pull back may have been the better option there but this is Luis Suarez and he is very special
Liverpool pushing again and trying to take advantage of this early dominance. Warnock’s men holding well so far
Great chance Liverpool. Good play from the home side and when Downing swings in a ball from the right Suarez is found unmarked. 6 yards out his header is straight at Cerny. What a chance
QPR settling into this now after that quick Liverpool start. They pose good threats themselves today and will be looking for a way of hurting the home side as this game pans out
Liverpool have started this game really well. A lot of pace in their movement going forward today
QPR defend the threat again and the injured Maxi, who went down after the corner was cleared can now get some treatment
Great move from the throw in. Suarez does some great work and pulls one back for Maxi who smashes one toward goal. It’s blocked again and Liverpool force another corner
QPR defend it well again and break quickly. Liverpool cope though and Suarez is on the attack. Throw in for the home side high up the pitch
It’s defended by QPR but comes back in he box and Skrtel gets a shot away. Ferdinand blocks again, corner
Bright start Liverpool. Maxi has a shot blocked by Ferdinand and the move later leads to the games first corner
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Here we go then, QPR get us underway
QPR 24 Cerny 06 Gabbidon 13 Traore 18 Young 35 Ferdinand 11 Faurlin 12 Mackie 17 Barton 32 Wright-Phillips 10 Bothroyd 21 Smith
LIVERPOOL: 25 Reina 02 Johnson 03 Jose Enrique 05 Agger 37 Skrtel 11 Maxi 14 Henderson 19 Downing 26 Adam 07 Suarez 18 Kuyt
Impressive stuff I’m sure you’ll agree. OK, here is the team news for the game:
QPR have won more games away from home (3) than at Loftus Road (1) in the Premier League this season
Liverpool and Manchester City are the only teams unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season
QPR have won just one of their 20 league visits to Anfield - a 3-1 victory in March 1991
Before your team news, let’s go over a few historical stats between these two sides
Both teams come into this game on the back of a two game winless run in the Premier League. This should be a good contest today. Liverpool, when they click, have been impressive this season. As have QPR who have taken well to life amongst England’s elite
My name is David Cockcroft and I’ll be taking you through today’s action
Good afternoon and welcome to Anfield for this Premier League encounter between Liverpool and QPR. It’s LIVE right here at Goal.com
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