Liverpool vs QPR: 3 Talking Points
Steven Gerrard’s late winner secured three vital points for Liverpool over 10-man QPR as they continue their fight to finish in the top four. The Reds took the lead in the 19th minute thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s composed finish. But the visitors pulled level thanks to Leroy Fer. When Gerrard missed from the penalty spot, it looked as though it was going to be another disappointing home draw for the Reds. But the skipper scored just before stoppage time to give the Reds an outside chance of still finishing in a Champions League place.
Here are the major talking points from the game.
1. Gerrard’s persistence pays off
If at once you don’t succeed, try again. That seemed to be Steven Gerrard’s mantra against QPR on Saturday. Just when it looked as though it wasn’t going to be his or Liverpool’s day, the Reds skipper delivered a late blow once again as he scored his 184th goal for the club from a corner kick to give his side all three points and move to within four points off fourth-placed Manchester United. After missing a penalty and coming close with a free kick, the Englishman’s late header was just reward for Anfield’s prodigal son.
While he may not be able to run the game like he used, or even run for the entire duration of the game covering every blade of grass, like he once did, he can still conjure up moments of magic to rescue his side. Playing in his penultimate home game, Gerrard’s afternoon looked as though it was heading for an anti-climatic end as he missed from the spot. But he didn’t let that bother him and continued his search for a goal and from Philippe Coutinho’s corner three minutes from time, he found it. Anfield erupted. Another late winner in the bag. If he doesn’t score another, what a fitting way to end his Liverpool career.