Liverpool 1-0 QPR: Second-half Luis Suarez header helps hosts end frustrating run of Anfield draws
A tight game was decided by the Uruguayan striker as the away side's goalkeeper Radek Cerny was on top form to deny Maxi Rodriguez and others at Anfield on Saturday
By Joe Doyle
It was a tight match with the home side dominant throughout, and QPR goalkeeper Radek Cerny was on top form to give his side a chance, but the hosts could not be broken down.
Liverpool lined up for QPR’s first visit to Anfield since February 1996 with Charlie Adam hoping to pull the strings in midfield alongside Jordan Henderson.
QPR took to the field with Jay Bothroyd the lone striker with Shaun Wright-Phillips deployed on the left wing and Jamie Mackie wide right.
The first real action of the match came in the 10th minute as Suarez planted a header straight at Radek Cerny but he really should have done better after he found himself unmarked in the centre of the penalty area.
Suarez was at the heart of Liverpool’s best moves in the opening 20 minutes, roaming around the attacking third before firing in a dangerous ball across the face of goal but Maxi Rodriguez was unable to get on the end of it.
It was all Liverpool as half time approached. Stewart Downing embarked on a fine run down the right wing before sliding Suarez in at a tight angle. He initially attempted to chip the keeper, and when the rebound fell to him he blazed a shot well over.
QPR were perhaps fortunate to go in at half time all square, but that fortune didn't last long as Luis Suarez opened the scoring.
It wasn't a goal that required Suarez's blend of skill and speed, more a defence content on poor defending, leaving the striker unmarked from Charlie Adam's cross to head home from six yards for his first goal in eight Premier League games.
And things went from bad to worse for QPR moments later as Ferdinand was forced off with a hamstring injury following a tackle with Charlie Adam.
Liverpool were beginning to cut open the QPR defence at will, but Cerny was having a fine game in goal, tipping Maxi's effort from 12 yards onto the post before getting down well to stop a Kuyt volley minutes later.
QPR hadn't been in the game in an attacking sense, but did begin to exert some pressure as the game wore on, with Joey Barton putting in some dangerous crosses, one of which in particular Pepe Reina had to be alert to as he punched clear from just under his crossbar.
With minutes remaining, the away side had a credible penalty appeal turned down as Faurlin chested the ball down before Martin Skrtel appeared to kick him in the arm.
Wright-Phillips almost found the back of his own net, sliding back to try and clear a cross but hitting the crossbar.
The away side continued to assault the Liverpool box, but it was to no avail as they could not find the goal that would earn them a point.
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