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Captain Fantastic Heads Home The Winner

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I must admit when I sat down to watch us play QPR on Saturday afternoon, I wasn't expecting it to be the most exciting sporting moment of the day. However after watching a relatively dull "fight of the century" in a snorefest atmosphere last night, having stayed up for close to 22 hours for the privilege... It was rather nice to celebrate an emphatic Steven Gerrard winning header!

I would just like to take this opportunity to pay my respects to Rio Ferdinand and his family. Rio's wife sadly passed away after a short battle with breast cancer. Both teams wore black armbands.

The game started with a pathetic fly over banner from the extreme "Rodgers Out" brigade. Whilst I'm not personally Rodgers' biggest fan at present, not by any stretch of the imagination I do find it embarrassing that some Liverpool fans (allegedly) have gone to the extent of paying for a plane to fly the message "Rodgers Out, Rafa In". I love Rafa too, but lets get rea…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V QPR

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Liverpool face QPR on Saturday afternoon in what could easily be another disappointing result for the Reds. QPR are currently sitting right in the middle of the relegation zone and with time running out, three points are absolutely essential.

Injury news has brought more woes for Liverpool as we were informed that Jon Flanagan is likely  to be out for another nine months. I just feel gutted for the lad, from the little we have seen from him he looks like a great talent, a confident defender, I seriously hope he gets another shot.

Mario Balotelli also is unavailable for the Reds after picking up a knock against Hull. Sturridge is also still out and has travelled to the States for treatment, also missing is Mamadou Sakho.

QPR are also struggling injury wise with Traore, Doughty and Vargas all out. Zamora, Zarate and Ferdinand will all be subject to late fitness tests.

The last time the two sides met was in October last year. It was a high scoring game which the Reds won 3-2 thanks to t…

Job Dunne

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It's a rare occasion when ten minutes of a match end up making the bulk of your match report but that's exactly what has happened after Sunday's eventual win over QPR. An own goal from Richard Dunne after an hour of play appeared at one stage to be the only difference between the two sides however mayhem would ensue within the final moments of the game, denying a gutted Harry Redknapp his second win of the season.

Liverpool began the game with a slightly unexpected XI after Brendan Rodgers opted to rest a few players with one eye on the Real Madrid fixture in the week. QPR opted for a 4-4-2 which has been a problematic formation for Liverpool's back four of late and nothing changed in this game.

The first half for the Reds was very lacklustre, we were quiet in attack and struggling to maintain possession, it almost looked as though the game plan was to "hope QPR got tired" (hold back your Sterling jokes!).

Balotelli alone up front was again poorly supported …

Injury Blow For Reds Prior To QPR Clash

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Liverpool make the trip to Loftus Road on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers' side aim to pick up where they left off in the league. News of Daniel Sturridge picking up another injury though has left kopites concerned as the Reds look for an alternative option in attack.

Mario Balotelli is obviously the man Brendan will be looking to but in my opinion there's no point playing him unless you forge the team to support him. There have been several calls from fans on Twitter to sit Steven Gerrard behind Mario tomorrow and I personally would love to see this.

Injuries for Liverpool as we know begin with the devastating loss of Daniel Sturridge. Jon Flanagan is also out long term but there are several players for the Reds who are nearing fitness. Late decisions will be made on the likes of Lovren, Sakho, Allen and Can.

For Queens Park Rangers they are without Mutch, Faurlin and Barton but may be able to call upon Krancjar who has offered to have a pain killing injection in order to play wit…

Carra Hits Post In Final Game For Reds

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Liverpool played their last game of the season on Sunday against QPR at Anfield. The game didn't have any real purpose behind it though and so all of the focus was on the retiring Jamie Carragher. A guard of honour saw the number 23 out onto the pitch with The Kop creating a massive mosaic for the defender. Carragher ran towards the Kop with his son and daughter and thanked the Anfield faithful, it was an emotional moment and finally it seemed real that Carragher was in fact retiring.

In terms of the game though it may not have meant anything, but Liverpool still wanted to finish their season on a high. 7th place isn't an achievement really and finishing behind Everton just rubs more salt in the wound but here's hoping Brendan buys well in the summer and we can push on next season finding some consistency on the way!

Liverpool started the game in a confident manner whilst QPR lacked a spark. Philippe Coutinho was the star man for Liverpool though, weaving his way through …

Cheerio Carra!

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Well, here we are, the end of the season. This one in particular seems to have flown by and unfortunately I a have to admit I've found myself a bit bored this season, I just haven't felt fully entertained, only at certain points, here's hoping next season we can improve on that!

Sunday of course may be the last game of the season but with Liverpool destined to finish in 7th place win, lose or draw all of the focus is on the retiring James Lee Duncan Carragher. I've always loved Carragher, from schoolgirl crush to adult crush to having a general soft spot for traditional old fashioned defenders, I just feel that he's a credit to not only his sport but to sportsmanship and to gentlemen as a whole.

On Sunday there will be a guard of honour for Carragher who retires after 16 years at one club, something you don't see very often at all these days. There will be presentations, talks and of course banners and you can be certain a rather noisy version of "Team Of…

Brendan Absent But Reds Beat QPR

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Liverpool bagged themselves all three points in a confident win at Loftus Road on Sunday. Manager Brendan Rodgers was absent through illness but it didn't matter because the Reds had all bases covered and thanks to Luis Suarez and Daniel Agger they found the back of the net thrice.

It didn't take Liverpool long to get off the mark after a lively start. Luis Suarez with another one of his famous attacks in the box put the Reds ahead after taking on the QPR defence and finishing confidently. The early goal was a blessing for Liverpool but they needed to ensure they used it to their advantage and didn't lose their lead so quickly as they did against Stoke.

Luckily for Liverpool, Luis Suarez was in one of his moods and when the Uruguayan is on form, the Reds are very dangerous. This time Suarez came into the box from an angle, his attempt at a cross was deflected back to him and he smashed the ball home high into the goal.

We knew QPR hadn't been playing the best football…

In Need Of A Win At Loftus Road

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Liverpool are away at Loftus Road on Sunday as they look to put out a better performance than the one that unfolded at the Britannia on Boxing Day. So far it's not been a tremendous festive period for the Reds and many fans have lost their confidence in Brendan's boys at the moment.

Liverpool have no new real injury worries but Luis Suarez picked up a slight knock in the game against Stoke and has been nursing the problem this week, it is assumed he will still start on Sunday though. There's also a doubt hanging over Joe Allen who has had a problem with his pelvis.

For Queens Park Rangers they are without Onuhoa, Cesar and Park Ji-sung. There is also a doubt hanging over Ryan Nelsen who has picked up a virus this week.

Queens Park Rangers are currently dead last in the drop zone but after new manager Harry Redknapp turned up they've been given a new lease of life. Liverpool on the other hand had the chance to start knocking on the door of the top four if they'd of…

Coates Stunner Not Enough For Liverpool

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat on Wednesday evening at Loftus Road. Queens Park Rangers came from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool with three goals in less than 15 minutes. It was a shock to watch Liverpool crumble so quickly and easily after what started off as a good performance.

Dalglish decided it was time to reintroduce Charlie Adam to the starting XI for this one and he also dropped Carroll to the bench. Queens Park Rangers had a front line including ex Liverpool man Djibril Cisse.

The game got underway and was very much in Liverpool's favour. A first half consisting of mainly Liverpool possession left Queen Park Rangers struggling for ideas.

Chances from Kuyt, Suarez and Downing put the Reds just centimetres away from a first goal but as the chances kept coming it was clear it was going to be another one of those days. Liverpool just can't seem to finish and although sometimes it's down to a great save, most of the time it isn't and to be honest, there'…

Off To Loftus Road

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Liverpool have a trip down to Loftus Road on Wednesday evening to face Mark Hughes' Queens Park Rangers. The Reds go into this game on the back of a victory over Stoke in the FA Cup and a 3-0 win in the Merseyside derby.

Injuries for Liverpool mean Dalglish is still unable to call on Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson. QPR have doubts hanging over Macheda, Helguson, Campbell and Hall and so Mark Hughes has a few problems to address when picking his starting XI.

The last time the two sides met was back in December when Liverpool recorded a 1-0 win and the last time QPR beat Liverpool was in October of 1994.

Liverpool have been super strong in their Cup competitions lately and Dalglish's tactics in my opinion have been better in these situations, however, when it comes to the League, Liverpool have been faltering.

As we all know, when we face the big boys or the likes of Everton (no offence intended... well... maybe a bit.) it's almost like a switch flicks on and we run rings ar…

Suarez Header Secures 3 Points

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Luis Suarez grabbed the winner for Liverpool on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. The Reds had bags of chances whilst QPR barely troubled goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The away side however showed great courage in ensuring Liverpool didn't get anything else past Radek Cerny.

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 Rodrigue…

Queens Park Rangers To Meet The King's Boys

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After the drama at Craven Cottage on Monday night, Liverpool welcome promoted side Queens Park Rangers to Anfield on Saturday. A missed opportunity to collect three points for the Reds means this fixture becomes even more important but I'm sure Neil Warnock will be thinking exactly the same thing.

Injuries for Liverpool as you all know by now mean unfortunately there is no Lucas Leiva or Steven Gerrard for manager Kenny Dalglish to select. Also unavailable is Jay Spearing who starts his three match ban (*cough* disgrace) so the Liverpool midfield will look somewhat different.

For QPR they have a big problem in goal, both Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy are out so Radek Cerny starts again for the London side.

Queens Park Rangers have had a bit of a strange season since being promoted. A side fielded by Neil Warnock will always have a never say die attitude but whilst they managed to beat Chelsea and nearly got the better of Man City they had big defeats at the hands of Bolton and Ful…