Pascoe in for Rodgers as Reds bow out of 2012 on high

QPR 0-3 Liverpool
Sunday, 30th December 2012
Loftus Road
Premier League

Match Summary by This Is Anfield’s Max Munton in London

Assistant Liverpool manager Colin Pascoe took charge of the Reds due to the absence of Brendan Rodgers through illness and lead the Reds to a resounding and impressive 3-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

In the final game of 2012 for Liverpool, it was a pulsating first half performance that won it in West London against Harry Redknapp’s helpless Hoops.

After recent yo-yo form, it was a pleasant sight to see Liverpool end a year of change on a high note. A year ago Kenny Dalglish had lead the Reds to a good position in the Premier League, looking on course for a Champions League place and would go on to win the League Cup and reach the FA Cup Final.

What a difference a few months can make and Liverpool will be hoping for all the help they can get in the transfer window come January, on Tuesday.

But that is despite an impressive performance securing three points and with it, a rise to 9th in the league table.

Luis Suarez outdid the QPR defence twice in the first half, once skipping past defenders at ease to finish with a neatly taken goal into the bottom left hand corner, and on the second attempt, cutting in from the right and cleaning up a riccochet of his own making.

Daniel Agger added a third for Pascoe/Rodgers’ men on 30 minutes with a fine header from a fizzing Steven Gerrard cross.

The game was won by half time and Liverpool controlled the game to secure a comfortable win.

Steven Gerrard impressed for the Reds, while Lucas Leiva was rewarded with a well earned rest after his recent return from injury.

The Reds have a midweek home visit from Sunderland to contend with, before Mansfield away in the FA Cup 3rd Round next weekend.

Happy New Year.

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  • Liverpool Fan

    While the first half display was superb playing like the good old days, the 2nd half display was disappointing. We show no hunger to go for more goals.We are happy to sit back. Most of the players are contend with the 3 goals margin.

    Remember, the Istanbul lesson? If we can clawed back from a 3 goals deficit, so can other teams. Bear in mind, if QPR hits its fine form yesterday and manage to get 1 goal back, who knows what happen next?

    Anyway, a win is a win… Credit to Suarez that keeps on pressing…

    • marctick

      We got our first half goals because we made the effort and QPR were abject. But we were still predictable and slow. And when we had the chance to really put Harry’s team to the sword (as Arsenal did against the Magpies), what did we do? We gave up!

      Our second half display was turgid. Gerrard just doesn’t want to play in Rodger’s team – it’s evident in the lack of passion he’s been showing. Furthermore, any player who got the ball simply looked for Suarez in the lazy hope that he might do something special.

      By the second half we had clearly given up any desire to push on, score more goals and enjoy ourselves. The performance was lackluster. There was no desire. On a day when we could have given the fans something to feel good about, we just went through the motions and frankly, I didn’t recognise my boyhood team.

      We got three points. That’s it.

      It was as depressing as watching Hodgson’s Reds.