QPR 2-3 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool needed the help of two QPR own goals to grasp all three points in a 3-2 victory away at Loftus Road, which saw the Reds rise of fifth in the Premier League.

The away side led through Richard Dunne's own goal in the 60th minute, equalling the top flight record for the most conversion into his own net. Harry Redknapp's side clinched one back,  in the 87th minute, when Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas, who came on as a substitute, was left unmarked for an easy tap in.

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However, the goals didn't stop there and Liverpool thought they'd grabbed all three points when Phillipe Coutinho's clever footwork fired past Alex McCarthy, yet Vargas cancelled out another Liverpool strike just seconds later.

That was not the end to the thrilling action, as the Reds immediately broke from the kick-off, and Raheem Sterling's cross was diverted into the QPR net by Steven Caulker.

Starting XI

Simon Mignolet 7.5

The Belgian has suffered plenty of criticism since he switched Sunderland for Anfield at the beginning of last season. Again, we saw a performance from the Belgian of how he has been performing in a red shirt.

Mignolet made some superb stops throughout the game, denying Charlie Austin with a smart stop early on in the first-half, and then an even better save at the beginning of the second half, keeping out a superb strike from QPR midfielder Sandro. He followed those efforts up with keeping out Austin's curled efforts on the 75-minute mark followed by clawing away Armand Troare's header moments later.

However, Mignolet was beaten far too easily for Eduardo Vargas' second goal of the match at his near post, as he should have had his angles cut out. 

It's seeming as if he is going all the hard work, but not getting his basics right, something which has to improve.

Glen Johnson 5

There have been plenty of rumours that Johnson may be leaving Anfield in January, and based on his performance, there is no reason why the speculation won't come true.

Johnson's defensive contributions have always been queried, however, this season, they seem to have gotten worse. The England International was at fault countless times when not closing down the QPR attack, constantly laying off the ball.

Even his attacking game was poor, not making his skipping runs that are usually so threatening, and lost the ball when he did get forward/

Nonetheless, he did provide the cross for Richard Dunne to diver the ball into his own net for the opening goal, but even still, that was a poor ball across that should have been dealt with better.

Dejan Lovren 5

Lovren was drafted in for £20 million this summer to lead the Liverpool defence, however he is yet to show signs he is the right man.

The Croatian was menaced by Charlie Austin all game, with the strikers movement causing many problems for him. If a player like Austin is giving Lovren problems, one can't imagine how easily it will be for Cristano Ronaldo and co. on Wednesday. 

The former Southampton man looked tentative when defending, never seriously committing himself to the tackle nor header. This is just not good enough for someone of his price-tag and improvements must come.

Martin Skrtel 5.5

The same can be said to describe Skrtel. He was by far the Reds' best defender last season, yet that form has abandoned him. 

The Slovakian got almost everything wrong in the fixture - when he needed to go and win the ball, he held his position and vice-versa. With Lovren seemingly still settling, Skrtel has to lead the Liverpool defence, but he is just not doing it. He was extremely lucky his miss-kick in the first period was not punished by Austin which could have completely changed the game.

Jose Enrique 4.5

Enrique is a player who gives his all every game, however just having the right attitude is no enough. The Spaniard was reckless throughout the game, wildly committing himself to tackles in needless positions which created problems for his side. He wasn't much use when Liverpool were on the attack either, not giving options wide for his side.

The former Newcastle United man was at fault for QPR's opening goal, when giving the ball away to Eduardo Vargas, and then failed to track the Chilean's run for his goal. 

It seems that fellow countryman Alberto Moreno is a much better replacement, who was left out of the side through injury.

Jordan Henderson 7

Henderson was one of the better players in a dismal Liverpool display. He contributed in all areas of the pitch, showing a high-energy rate when aiding his side in defence which was more often than not. The England International also was solid when on the attack, offering himself in many situations, however it seemed as he could have done that tiny bit extra if he'd have liked. 

Emre Can 6

I felt sorry for Can in this fixture. After a long absence out of the side, he was flung into the deep end, starting the game in the central midfield. Albeit, the opposition on paper was not that tough, yet for a player still only 20-years-old, adapting the the Premier League having played so little, however he still showed glimpses of his class.

The German looked a powerhouse at times, easily dispossessing the central midfield pair of Sandro and Henry to start an attack for his side. Not a bad game, but must improve.

Steven Gerrard 6

After an impressive 15 minutes playing further forward against West Brom last game, Brendan Rodgers opted to adopt those tactics again and play his captain in an attacking midfielder role.

Unfortunately, Gerrard did not adapt like he did against the Baggies, struggling to keep up with the pace of the game. The Liverpool skipper is a player who wants to drive at defences from the middle of the field, not receive the ball and have to show quick feet to start an attack.

The 34-year-old was brought into a deeper role in the second period, and this allowed him to drive at the home side's defence, as saw for Liverpool's second goal when playing in Philippe Coutinho.

Adam Lallana 5.5

Lallana has been so impressive thus far for the Merseyside club, however his performance against QPR was one to forget. 

Playing on the left-hand side for much of the time, he was left isolated as Jose Enrique did not offer the support that Alberto Moreno would normally. When he had the ball, Lallana did little to impact the game, not driving at the defence and instead usually playing the easy option.

Raheem Sterling 7.5

Sterling was in the headlines for the right reasons this week, after claiming he was tired for England's fixture against Estonia.

The youngster was a menace for the QPR defence throughout the game, dazzling past defenders with ease using his rapid pace and quick feet. Sterling was involved for all three Liverpool goals, doing particularly well when he broke which led to Philippe Coutinho's strike,

His current form highlighting just how important he is for the side at the moment and will be pivotal if the Reds are to get a result mid-week against the current Champions League holders.

Continually, the teenager found Mario Balotelli with smart passes, only for attacks to be broken down due to poor movement from the Italian, which forced Sterling to have to go alone at times.

Mario Balotelli 4

The on-going Premier League goal draught goes on for 'Super Mario', who is yet to break his duck in the top flight. With performances like against QPR.

Balotelli is a player who likes to hold the ball up, however he must realise that Liverpool like to play quick, fast-paced football. He, unfortunately, is slowing down attacks on a consistent basis. Too often, he went for glory, shooting from positions that were not going to trouble Alex McCarthy and missed an open goal in the second half from seven yards out.


Philippe Coutinho 7

Coutinho was a magician throughout last season, being the root of so many Liverpool attacks. The Brazilian has struggled to find his best form this season, however his performance at Loftus Road almost emulated what he did last season.

The former Inter Milan play-maker replaced Adam Lallan after 65 minutes and changed the whole dynamic of the game. He looked to attack the QPR defence with such venom, and really linked well with Sterling on several occasions. Coutinho was positive, something Liverpool were missing, and inspired his team-mates to up their game.

He netted his first goal of the season to make the game 2-1, when recieving the ball in the home side's box, twisting and turning before firing his curling shot into the corner. That is what Liverpool have missed this season, and if he can repeat that form, his side will greatly improve.

Joe Allen 6

Allen came on for Emre Can and added energy into the Liverpool side, helping out with the threat of Charlie Austin, who was very impressive. Allen did go unnoticed, however his contribution saw Liverpool began to get into the game more.

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