Suarez Header Secures 3 Points
|Suarez fires home his header...|
Dalglish made some changes in the line up for Saturday's fixture. Namely the inclusion of Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt.
Stewart Downing was at the forefront of the Liverpool attack during the first half and had one of his better games for the club. The winger found himself some space on several occasions and set up Suarez numerous times.
On the other wing Maxi Rodriguez too was flustering the QPR defence, this set up appeared to allow more freedom for the wingers with Henderson and Adam in the centre. Jordan Henderson when played on the wing unfortunately at the moment doesn't appear to have as much confidence going forward so he is left helping cover with the central midfielders. Maxi Rodriguez is more experienced and i feel the best option at the moment on that side of the pitch.
With the service to Suarez improved, the Uruguayan had stacks of chances at goal. The most clear cut was a header, the number 7 was in bags of space and perhaps should have scored but Cerny saved.
Neither side managed to find the net in the first half but it wasn't long into the second when Liverpool found their winner.
Luis Suarez was the name on everyone's lips once again, after causing havoc all of the first half, this time he converted.
A corner from Charlie Adam came back out to the Scotsman who whipped another ball into the box. Suarez was unmarked after Luke Young lost his man and the number 7 with a sweet header put Liverpool in front.
It was brilliant to see Suarez score, not only because it's been a while since his last goal and compared to his chances and work rate, he should have several goals behind him but also because that's the best way to get the critics to focus on your football and not what's in the papers.
If it wasn't for Radek Cerny, Queens Park Rangers could have found themselves on the wrong end of a rout. The goalkeeper made some superb saves to keep Neil Warnock's side in with a chance.
The away side had a period of play late on where they began to create some chances, namely shots from Barton and a corner that Pepe Reina punched away but they never really looked like scoring.
For Liverpool the win, although only by a slim margin actually means a great deal. The points were obviously needed after the loss to Fulham but also, this may be a turning point. The last few matches at home have ended in draws and not only this but promoted sides have been a stumbling block, on Saturday however the set up was perfect i thought and the 3 points were well deserved. If only we could start converting more of our stacks of chances!
Next up for the Reds is Aston Villa away from home, a side who are struggling to score goals meets a side who can't seem to convert enough chances, could be interesting...