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QPR
QPR
0 vs 3
Played
December 30, 2012 7:00 PM EAT
Loftus Road Stadium — London
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 18304‎
 
 
Luis Suárez 10′
 
Luis Suárez 16′
 
Daniel Agger 28′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: QPR 0-3 Liverpool

An insipid first-half display from the hosts ensured all three points went to the absent Brendan Rodgers' side, with Luis Suarez in particular impressing in the first 45 minutes

By Joe Doyle at Loftus Road

  • Julio César
    4
    3
    3.00

    Julio César

    Tested early on by Suarez, but beat the effort away well. Had no chance with the opener though, seeing Suarez roll it into the corner. Equally could not do much about the second but was a little slow in getting down for the third. Made an excellent save to deny Suarez a hat-trick.

  • Armand Traoré
    1
    4
    2.50

    Armand Traoré

    Played well in the second half as a wing-back, but gave Downing too much room in the first half.

  • Clint Hill
    1
    5
    1.50

    Clint Hill

    Quite simply not good enough against a player like Suarez. Allowed him far too much room and got turned easily by the Uruguayan for the opener. Didn't track Suarez for the third as he drifted wide. A pretty shabby display in the first half.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    1
    5
    2.50

    Nedum Onuoha

    Was unfortunate to see his clearance for the second goal rebound straight to Suarez. Made some good tackles in the second half, though.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    2
    3
    3.00

    Ryan Nelsen

    One of the few players who could say he had a decent game for the hosts in the first half. Made two goal-saving clearances, and was then solid after the break.

  • Samba Diakité
    1
    4
    1.00

    Samba Diakité Flop of the Match

    Awful opening half from the midfielder. Formed a defensive midfield partnership with Mbia, but didn't shield his defence from anything. Better in the second half, but it would be difficult not to be.

  • Adel Taarabt
    6
    3
    2.50

    Adel Taarabt

    Head and shoulders above anyone in the team in terms of creativity, but it wasn't happening for him in the first half. Improved later on but didn't have many people around him to help.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    3
    4
    1.50

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Almost anonymous in the first half. Switched to a wing-back role and had little more impact before being subbed to jeers from his own fans.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    1
    5
    1.50

    Stéphane M'Bia

    Was tasked with keeping close to Gerrard but after the first goal that went out of the window. Went down after receiving a check from the Liverpool man, but made a lot of the contact he got. Had a go with a bicycle kick, but it went nowhere near the target. Rightfully booked for flinging himself to the floor. Had a few more efforts but they weren't great.

  • Djibril Cissé
    0
    5
    2.00

    Djibril Cissé

    Had no service in the first half, and was easily beaten in the air by the likes of Skrtel and Agger. Held the ball up when he occasionally got it into feet, earning a few throws by the corner flag.

  • Jamie Mackie
    2
    3
    3.00

    Jamie Mackie

    Seemed to be the only player with any running in him for the hosts. Moved up front in the second half and put the central defenders under more pressure than Cisse had.

Substitutions

  • Fabio Da Silva
    1
    4
    2.50

    Fabio Da Silva

    Came on for Wright-Phillips and offered some more tact in defence, but did not have too much to do.

  • Shaun Derry
    2
    2
    3.00

    Shaun Derry

    Brought on at half-time presumably to prevent an embarrassing scoreline, and did well. Stopped Liverpool's fluency.

  • Esteban Granero
    0
    4
    2.50

    Esteban Granero

    Came on and scuffed his first shot wide, a free kick from the edge of the box. Stood little chance of influencing the outcome when already 3-0 down.

  • Pepe Reina
    13
    1
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    His distribution has not always been great this season, but made some sublime passes. Made a couple of catches from Taarabt's curling efforts, but was otherwise a spectator for the opening 45 minutes.

  • Glen Johnson
    15
    0
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    A surging run to meet Skrtel's glorious pass was followed by a goal-mouth clearance from his cross. A criticism of him has often been that he isn't as solid at the back as he is when going forward, but this wasn't the case today.

  • José Enrique
    14
    0
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Made some good overlapping runs. His passing and crossing in the final third left a little to be desired early on. Kept his flank free of danger before tweaking a hamstring and leaving with 20 minutes to play.

  • Daniel Agger
    13
    1
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    A great header to put the match beyond doubt. Was fine up against Cisse, but struggled a little against the more combative Mackie. Still held strong though.

  • Martin Skrtel
    14
    0
    4.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Strong at the back. Played an outrageous pass to put Johnson through from all of 50 yards away, and dominated in the air in a good performance.

  • Steven Gerrard
    16
    1
    3.50

    Steven Gerrard

    Was being marked tightly in the opening stages, but once Liverpool went ahead his influence grew. Picked some nice passes and demonstrated some quick thinking for the third goal. Was unfortunate to see his effort cleared off the line.

  • Jordan Henderson
    16
    1
    3.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Looked up for the game from the beginning, winning the ball from his opponents a few times in the opening five minutes, and really looks to have grown in confidence. Played some nice passes, including the assist for Suarez's opener.

  • Stewart Downing
    13
    2
    3.50

    Stewart Downing

    A very good first half for the winger. Was quick and found his team-mates well. Linked positively with Gerrard, especially with short corners, which led to the third goal. Quiet in the second half, and then switched to left-back after Enrique's departure.

  • Joe Allen
    11
    2
    2.50

    Joe Allen

    Kept the ball well in the first half. Allowed his team-mates to push on as he covered at the back. Perhaps let Taarabt get the better of him on occasion, and was somehow not booked for hauling the Moroccan back.

  • Raheem Sterling
    12
    4
    3.00

    Raheem Sterling

    Quiet performance from the winger despite Liverpool's dominance. Didn't stretch the defence as much as he would have liked to, but picked some good passes and earned corners.

  • Luis Suárez
    21
    0
    4.50

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    Dropped deep to devastating effect. Was given far too much time and space for the opener, twisting his way past Hill to roll the ball past Cesar. Showed a predator's instinct to follow in his cross and convert an open goal for the second. Wasn't as involved in the second half, but the match was already won.

Substitutions

  • Jamie Carragher
    7
    0

    Jamie Carragher

    Came on late for a run-out.

  • Lucas Leiva
    10
    0
    2.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Came on and did pretty well in closing Taarabt down as he threatened.

  • Suso
    9
    0
    2.50

    Suso

    Came on for Enrique and played some neat stuff, but didn't offer too much threat with the result already secured.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2