QPR 2-3 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool beat QPR in the dying seconds on a balmy afternoon at Loftus Road. Henry Jackson assesses each Reds performer on an unforgettable day.

Football - FA Premier League - Queens Park Rangers FC v Liverpool FC

QPR 2-3 Liverpool
Premier League

SIMON MIGNOLET- 7 (out of 10)

The Belgian had a good afternoon, especially by his recent standards, making a string of saves to deny Charlie Austin and others. His decision-making led to Leroy Fer hitting the crossbar, but on the whole he had a decent game.

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GLEN JOHNSON- 5.5

Johnson returned to the side following injury, and he blew hot and cold. Defensively he looked shaky throughout, but he did at least offer something of an attacking thrust. His cross led to Richard Dunne turning the ball into his own net.

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MARTIN SKRTEL- 5

The Slovakian was all at sea at times, and he was fortunate his miss-kick wasn’t punished by Austin in the first-half. Too often he was erratic, and there was absolutely no calm about his play. Made one crucial late clearance, however.

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DEJAN LOVREN- 5

The 25-year-old was bullied by Bobby Zamora throughout, and looked far from fully fit. He was dominated aerially and pulled out of position too often, while his use of the ball was poor. Must do better.

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JOSE ENRIQUE- 4

The Spaniard is an extremely frustrating player to watch, and his defensive work was very poor throughout. He was lackadaisical on the ball, and lost Eduardo Vargas for QPR’s first goal. Alberto Moreno is a far better option.

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EMRE CAN- 5.5

The 20-year-old struggled to get into the game, and was clearly lacking sharpness. He showed the odd positive sign early on, but on the whole he disappointed. Replaced by Joe Allen in the second-half.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 7

Henderson was, once again, one of Liverpool’s standout players. Although far from his greatest display, he offered more running and quality on the ball than almost any other Reds player.

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STEVEN GERRARD- 5.5

The skipper struggled hugely in attacking midfield in the first-half, but dictated the game when moved deeper by Brendan Rodgers after the break. There are flaws in his game now, however, which can hinder the side.

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ADAM LALLANA- 5.5

The 26-year-old was on the periphery of things throughout. Not the finest display of his short Liverpool career to date.

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RAHEEM STERLING- 7.5

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 19, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in action against Queens Park Rangers' Yun Suk-Young during the Premier League match at Loftus Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 19-year-old got better and better as the game went on, and he was the most dangerous player on the pitch from start to finish. He showed some wonderful pace and trickery at times, particularly for Philippe Coutinho‘s goal, and he played a big part in the winner. He responded excellently following the criticism of him over the last week or so.

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MARIO BALOTELLI- 4.5

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 19, 2014: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Queens Park Rangers' Yun Suk-Young during the Premier League match at Loftus Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Italian was very poor all afternoon, and while it could be argued the service given to him was not great, he simply must do more. His hold-up play was not good enough, he was often too greedy and he missed a sitter in the second-half. Very disappointing.

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Substitutes

PHILIPPE COUTINHO (on for Lallana 66)- 7.5

The Brazilian changed things when he came on, scoring Liverpool’s second and playing a key role in the winner. He oozed class.

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JOE ALLEN (on for Can 66)- 6

The Welshman was largely unnoticed.

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Player ratings definitions: 10 = Faultless | 9 = Excellent | 8 = Very Good | 7 = Good | 6 = Average | 5 = Below Par | 4 = Bad | 3 = Very Bad | 2 Awful | 1 = Surely Not

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