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

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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.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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