Dalglish: It could have been five

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Kenny Dalglish believes Queens Park Rangers deserve enormous credit for their dramatic victory against Liverpool at Loftus Road on Wednesday evening.

The Reds had taken a 2-0 lead in the second-half after Sebastian Coates scored a stunning volley and Dirk Kuyt scrambled in following a shot from Stewart Downing though.

But Shaun Derry pulled a goal back with 13 minutes remaining, before Djibril Cisse equalised with a header for QPR nine minutes later.

Subsitute Jamie Mackie then made the most of a mistake from Jose Enrique - slotting past an advancing Pepe Reina in stoppage time to snatch three points for the home side and propel them out of the relegation places.

Following the defeat, Dalglish was more concerned with focusing on the performance of QPR rather than the failings of his own players.

But the Liverpool boss realises his side should have seen off the game after taking a two goal lead, and believes the Reds could have easily been 5-0 to the good by half-time.

"I think for us, we were a little mindful of opinions about how we would play after getting into the semi-finals [of the FA Cup] but I think they started fantastically well," he told Sky Sports.

"For most of the game they controlled it, they passed it, they moved it. They scored two goals and could have been four or five up by half-time and they weren't.

"They came out for the second half and started quite brightly again, and they went on and got two goals and out of nowhere they have got three.

"For us, we don't really have an explanation other than to say they deserve a bit of credit for what they did.

"We should have been out of sight before it even got to that stage. It's a difficult one to take because there was so much that was very positive about the game."

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