Saturday December 10, 2011 Day 15 Finished Anfield

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  1. Suarez sees Liverpool past QPR

    Suarez sees Liverpool past QPR

    Luis Suarez answered his critics with the winning goal as a profligate Liverpool side beat QPR 1-0 at Anfield to move into the top six. More

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    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Queens Park Rangers
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    • 90+3 That's it, Liverpool win and they move into the top six after Newcastle lose again!
    • 90+3 The corner is overhit and Shelvey launches it. Now Bellamy on the left, he runs at Orr and cuts it back and SWP mis-kicks it against his own bar!
    • 90+2 Traore with a wicked cross from the left and Orr flies in but Enrique with a super block to knock it behind! Corner.
    • 90+1 Three extra minutes of stoppage time.
    • 90' Barton finds Traore but he loses the ball. Long for Suarez, now Shelvey on the right but his cross is hoofed to touch by Young.
    • 90' Faurlin goes down theatrically, a la Suarez, clutching his midriff after a challenge from Skrtel. Sure he didn't touch him and he dived a second after the challenge anyway.
    • 89' Clint Hill with an audacious flick but it flies out for a goal kick. Showboating when his side least needed it!
    • 88' Kuyt back defending to hook it away for a throw, Traore it was trying to get in.
    • 87' LIVERPOOL SUB: Downing comes off for Shelvey.
    • 86' Bellamy and Barton are unsurprisingly in each other's faces and Bellamy is booked, to which he responds in fury.
    • 85' Bellamy has gone over to join Suarez - and he almost curls it in, side netting with half the crowd thinking it was in!
    • 84' Suarez is fouled on the edge of the box, Young sliding in, didn't hit him but dangerous. Suarez obviously made the most of it. He will take it, 20 yards out, a touch to the left...
    • 83' A stray ball from Adam spins out of play but Liverpool get it back as Kuyt surges forward, Suarez into the box and did that hit Orr's arm? No says the ref!
    • 82' Orr miscontrols on the right wing, which is where he is playing now, and it's a Liverpool throw.
    • 81' SWP on the run but well over from him. All QPR now! Suarez takes a customary tumble on the edge of the box but waved up by Mason.
    • 80' Bothroyd is offside as he volleys Hill's flick on towards Reina.
    • 79' I think Hill may play in defence, which is what he normally does, with Young or Orr taken into wide midfield. Would make sense.
    • 79' LIVERPOOL SUB: Maxi, who could have scored three but for Cerny's heroics, is off for Bellamy.
    • 78' QPR SUB: Hill comes on for Mackie. Weird. Are they going to play him up front?
    • 77' A corner to QPR is cleared, still with the visitors and Gabbidon plays a terrible backpass but Cerny races out to get there ahead of Kuyt, playing it off him and out fr a throw.
    • 76' Bothroyd holds it up for SWP, now Barton wide to Mackie and he has Orr on the overlap, who wins a corner off Enrique.
    • 75' That corner yields another one but Adam clears now. Suarez to Adam who bombs forward but a superb slide tackle from SWP to knock it out for a throw.
    • 74' QPR break down the left, dangerous low ball from Traore and Campbell can finish but Adam thrashes it behind with Reina annoyed as he felt he had that.
    • 73' Suarez is played in down the right by Henderson, he cuts it back to Kuyt but his low finish from 15 yards hits a defender.
    • 72' Barton curls in a beautiful free-kick from the leftn and in flies Gabbidon but he flicks it wide from eight yards! Skrtel all over him though.
    • 71' Skrtel gives away a foul on Campbell, no need to get dragged out for that with back to goal on halfway.
    • 69' A Kuyt shot hits Suarez to fly wide but again Mason's mates get it wrong and award a corner. Faurlin bemused.
    • 68' QPR break and Campbell almost flies in to meet a SWP cross but Skrtel gets there first! Throw on the right.
    • 67' GREAT SAVE CERNY! Lovely selection of one-twos from Suarez and Maxi, with the latter played clean through but Cerny hurling himself out to bat away the finish Schmeichel-style.
    • 66' QPR SUB: Campbell makes a welcome return from a broken foot. The anonymous Gary Neville clone Tommy Smith comes off.
    • 66' Lee Mason realised he'd messed that up and so he blows almost as soon as the ball leaves Adam's boot, a fictional push in the box.
    • 65' Suarez takes down a long ball and plays it off Gabbidon, the ball ricocheting off Suarez but somehow the ref points for a corner.
    • 64' Kuyt drills in a low shot from range but this one is easy for Cerny.
    • 63' Gabbidon puts it out for another Liverpool corner. Surely a second is coming soon.
    • 62' Johnson combines with Downing, taking it down on the chest to cut inside but - unlike his goal against Chelsea - he can only blast this over.
    • 61' That was one of the saves of the season so far by Cerny. Chapeau for the third-choice, who has looked very solid.
    • 60' OFF THE POST LIVERPOOL! Wonderful Cerny save when wrong-footed, Maxi with a driven finish from eight yards after great skill on the right by Suarez to assist!
    • 59' Still Liverpool as they push it back to Reina, the crowd jeering Johnson for going backwards.
    • 58' The corner is taken short to Kuyt, he lays it off for Agger but his shot is blocked.
    • 57' Corner to Liverpool again as Downing runs at Faurlin, who does well covering Young.
    • 56' Soon enough though QPR give it away and Liverpool can counter. It rolls back to Traore though, who finds Cerny for a long punt.
    • 55' A bit of respite for the Hoops as they play it about the back.
    • 54' Liverpool come forward again, as if anything else is happening today. Gabbidon is able to clear though.
    • 53' Good turn from Bothroyd, who goes down under Skrtel's challenge but no way is that a pen, he got the ball and was simply holding his ground.
    • 52' Liverpool are continuing to dominate possession - not sure QPR have the creativity in midfield to offer anything really. Barton is a good player but SWP needs to be getting on to the direct ball, and Faurlin struggles to impose himself at this level. Smith has gone AWOL.
    • 51' Great play by Barton to win and work the ball in midfield. SWP on the ball now and Orr gets an early touch on the right. He gives it away though.
    • 50' QPR SUB: Bradley Orr is on for Ferdinand. Young, having shown he can't mark, is to play centre-back.
    • 49' It was a slight foul from Adam but the impact did not hurt Anton - he wanted to continue his run and over-extended in doing so. He's up and able to limp off, so it's not a full tear. Bradley Orr coming on...
    • 48' Ferdinand goes down after a challenge from Adam and he's hurt, immediately signalling to the bench... his hamstring went as he stretched to evade the tackle.
    • 47' GOAL LIVERPOOL! And finally Suarez makes the breakthrough, a superb cross from Adam after the corner was cleared back to him and a lovely header but poor marking again. Young dragged way out of position.
    • 46' Ferdinand closes Suarez down as he wriggles away, corner Liverpool early in the half. Headed clear by Traore.
    • 46' The second half is underway. No changes at the break.
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    • 45+3 Half-time and it's goalless but it's been all Liverpool - Suarez in particular missing some good chances.
    • 45+2 Cerny with a low save to his left after a fizzing shot from Downing after a backheel from Kuyt. Good play but no goal.
    • 45+1 Two minutes added time being played now.
    • 45' Ball over the top frees Suarez on the left but, with lots of options centrally, he fluffs his pass, straight to Ferdinand who heads clear.
    • 45' Faurlin drills a low shot well wide as QPR had a rare chance to move forward.
    • 44' Ferdinand is fine. There were concerns he'd jarred his neck but he's just shaken.
    • 43' A possibly serious injury to Ferdinand, who landed awkwardly on his back when trying to challenge Suarez...
    • 42' Double chance for Suarez but he can't beat Cerny! Downing slides in a cute ball to Suarez on the right but Cerny bats out his near-post finish! Suarez gets the return but again tries to shoot from an impossible angle, flashing it high and wide when Kuyt and Maxi were free!
    • 41' Maxi tries a backheel to free Downing but it goes straight to Gabbidon. QPR break but SWP blasts yards over from quite a way out.
    • 40' Kuyt swings it right for Johnson. He tries a one-two from Suarez but the ball goes out. Replay shows that was NOT a penalty, a dive from Johnson, although separately Traore may well have handled.
    • 39' Great skill from Downing on the right to get behind Traore but his cross is half cleared. Johnson in the box and he goes down with Traore coming across him but nothing given! Looked like an arm flung out by Traore!
    • 38' A Henderson cross almost finds Kuyt but it skims off the Dutchman's head. Still with Liverpool though..
    • 37' Suarez combines with Johnson but the return pass is out for a throw. Liverpool in a mini-lull but still in control.
    • 36' Liverpool play keep-ball for a few minutes as they look to tire QPR.
    • 35' Adam takes an outswinger but QPR clear. Henderson puts it back in but Ferdinand knocks the ball to touch. Adam skids in a low cross but easy for Cerny.
    • 34' Barton curls it in but headed away by Adam and then Maxi completes the clearance. Suarez holds off Gabbidon and finds Johnson. Adam goes on a mazy dribble and wins a corner off Ferdinand. Good play from the Scot.
    • 33' Traore gets forward for once and wins a corner off Johnson. He's dangerous going forward but has barely had a chance. Barton to take from the left...
    • 32' QPR clear from the corner and launch an attack. SWP slides it in for Bothroyd but shepherded out for a goal kick.
    • 31' Kuyt slips a super pass to Maxi, he is clean through and finishes low for the far corner but a great one-handed save from Cerny who had closed the angle! And he gets up to ensure Suarez doesn't get there for the rebound. Corner.
    • 30' Barton wins a free-kick off Adam, which he will take himself. Easy for Reina though.
    • 29' Adam to Downing, first-time to Suarez, now Downing again and he gets the cross past Traore this time but too high for little Maxi and QPR half-clear. Adam to Maxi, he slips it in for Suarez but he is forced wide. In the end Henderson blasts well wide.
    • 28' Suarez wide to Downing but his cross is once more blocked by Traore for a corner. Downing to take this one, great lowish ball to the near post but scrambled away!
    • 27' Liverpool with yet more possession as QPR sit increasingly deep.
    • 26' The corner is swung far post for Agger but there's some shoving from the Dane and it's a QPR free-kick.
    • 25' Corner to Liverpool as another downing cross is blocked by Traore after some good passing from the hosts.
    • 24' Dalglish looks pensive on the touchline. His side have had plenty of chances but even so Cerny has not really been tested.
    • 23' The free-kick is rattled straight into the wall by Bothroyd. Pumped back in towards the Liverpool box but Maxi is back to clear for a throw.
    • 22' Agger trips Bothroyd in full flight and it's a free-kick around 25 yards out, with a booking to the Liverpool defender.
    • 21' Really good football from Liverpool on the right, one-touch with backheels and everything, until Johnson overruns it and SWP hoofs to touch. Now Suarez goes down very easily in the box under pressure from Faurlin. Nothing doing. Suarez on the right drills a lovely ball across the face of goal but well beyond both Kuyt and Maxi and out for a throw.
    • 20' Kuyt very nearly finds Suarez unmarked again but Ferdinand gets across to block for a throw. QPR get it clear from that, back with Skrtel and now Reina.
    • 19' Adam will take the corner too but another dreadful set piece, way too high and curling out for a goal kick.
    • 18' Adam to take this on the right, he'll curl it in.... poor, low and hitting the first defender but at least Liverpool have a corner.
    • 17' Taken short to Downing, who cuts inside but is hacked down by Faurlin on the edge of the box, right side. Free-kick, no card.
    • 16' A long ball down the right almost releases Downing but Traore nods it behind for a corner.
    • 15' Suarez inside to Maxi, who slips away from his marker with a superb piece of skill, he's in now and finds SUAREZ ON THE OVERLAP but a rotten finish, completely mis-hitting it so far wide it skewed off at a right-angle!
    • 14' Calm Rio-style play from the back by little brother Anton, but Agger easily shrugs Mackie off the ball and Liverpool have it back.
    • 13' Lovely first-time ball from Kuyt, who was caught as he played it, but Johnson can't keep it in.
    • 12' Kuyt now has a dig from the edge of the box but Ferdinand blocks. Kuyt gets it back though and he slips it wide right to Suarez, who hits the byline and flashes a low cross shot inside Cerny's near post and flat across the face of goal but away past the back stick! Inventive effort that almost pays off!
    • 11' Nice crossfield ball from Henderson, now Adam offloads to Downing, getting it back off the England winger before giving it away.
    • 10' Gabbidon and Ferdinand all over the shop there. Liverpool have it back almost straight away but opt to build from the back.
    • 9' Great cross from Downing on the right and SUAREZ IS UNMARKED but he heads straight at Cerny from, oooh, eight yards? Terrible marking and a poor finish, should have scored!
    • 8' A bit scrappy in the middle before Liverpool regain possession.
    • 7' Henderson on the move, wide for Downing on the right but it's too heavy for him and QPR have a throw deep in their half. Traore to take but Liverpool get the ball back before Bothroyd handles.
    • 6' Great wide play by Young, who dribbles past two robust sliding challenges from Liverpool as he brings the ball clear. Faurlin looks long for Mackie but it's back with the keeper Reina.
    • 5' Maxi was caught late on the shin by Faurlin. Ow. I would say no more than a bruise though as Liverpool play it back to the QPR defence from the throw.
    • 4' Headed away at the near post and SWP can clear, good ball to Smith who lofts it crossfield for Barton. SWP again as QPR play for time, good poessession before Young puts it out for a throw with Maxi hurt. Very sportsmanlike.
    • 3' Suarez on the charge but Ferdinand glides across to knock to touch. Taken short and Suarez is in again on the right and he cuts it back for MAXI but Young blocks the finish! Corner again!
    • 2' Downing swings it in and the keeper Cerny flaps, but escapes punishment for now. Skrtel tries a volley on the turn but Ferdinand blocks for a corner. That causes a few problems but QPR manage to clear.
    • 1' Suarez with an early long-shot but blocked. The first of his unconverted changes today. Maxi then wins a corner. Strong start Liverpool.
    • 1' The first half is underway. You can contact me on Twitter by the way, @Reda_Maher
    • 14:50 Neil Warnock, provocative as ever: "(Suarez) does go down a lot but I wish Jamie Mackie would go down like him. I've given him a couple of videos of Suarez and told him to watch him, how he looks for the leg, but Jamie stumbles on and tries to score. It's easy to take a picture of Suarez and get him in trouble. I'd like to see the clubs fined for not punishing fans who chant obscenities. Suarez is an easy target for fans - he is a foreigner and doesn't understand our culture altogether."
    • 14:45 Kenny Dalglish backs Luis Suarez as he receives yet another charge for being lairy: "People find it difficult to play against him. If they cannot beat him on the pitch because of his ability, they will try to get into people's minds - and that's what they try to do." More here!
    • 14:40 FACTS: Continuing the ‘off-target’ theme, only Wigan (8%) have converted a lower percentage of shots into goals than Liverpool this season (9%); QPR have hit the target with just 35% of their attempts this season, a lower percentage than any other team; Liverpool have hit the woodwork 12 times in the Premier League, more often than any other team.
    • 14:35 FACT: Of all players to have scored three or more Premier League goals this season, Luis Suarez has the lowest shot conversion rate (7.6%). Is that because he takes a lot of shots that most people would not attempt, or because he is bad at finishing? Highlighting the need for qualitative analysis on stats...
    • 14:30 FACT: Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games at Anfield, but have drawn the last four in a row; The Reds have the joint-best defensive record this season, conceding just 13 goals so far.
    • 14:25 FACT: QPR have won just one of their 20 league visits to Anfield (W1 D2 L17); The Hoops have only won one of the eight Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W D1 L6), but the last of these games came in February 1996.
    • 14:20 QPR are without Adel Taarabt (thigh), Matt Connolly (ankle), Kieron Dyer (foot) and DJ Campbell (foot), with all back in training but not deemed fit enough to start, although Campbell is on the bench. Welcome back DJ. Radek Cerny stays in for Paddy Kenny in goal - Kenny has a thigh strain.
    • 14:20 For Liverpool £35m striker Andy Carroll is benched for Dirk Kuyt, while Maxi Rodriguez gets a start ahead of Craig Bellamy. Jordan Henderson starts in centre-mid with Jay Spearing suspended, Lucas Leiva out for the season and Steven Gerrard still out with an ankle infection. Jonjo Shelvey, recalled from his loan at Blackpool, is on the bench.
    • 14:15 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Maxi, Henderson, Adam, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez; Subs: Doni, Coates, Carragher, Kelly, Shelvey, Bellamy, Carroll /// QPR: Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Faurlin, Mackie, Smith, Bothroyd; Subs: Putnins, Orr, Hill, Derry, Campbell, Buzsaky, Connolly
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  • Summary

    • 90+3 The corner is overhit and Shelvey launches it. Now Bellamy on the left, he runs at Orr and cuts it back and SWP mis-kicks it against his own bar!
    • 90+2 Traore with a wicked cross from the left and Orr flies in but Enrique with a super block to knock it behind! Corner.
    • 89' Clint Hill with an audacious flick but it flies out for a goal kick. Showboating when his side least needed it!
    • 85' Bellamy has gone over to join Suarez - and he almost curls it in, side netting with half the crowd thinking it was in!
    • 83' A stray ball from Adam spins out of play but Liverpool get it back as Kuyt surges forward, Suarez into the box and did that hit Orr's arm? No says the ref!
    • 72' Barton curls in a beautiful free-kick from the leftn and in flies Gabbidon but he flicks it wide from eight yards! Skrtel all over him though.
    • 67' GREAT SAVE CERNY! Lovely selection of one-twos from Suarez and Maxi, with the latter played clean through but Cerny hurling himself out to bat away the finish Schmeichel-style.
    • 60' OFF THE POST LIVERPOOL! Wonderful Cerny save when wrong-footed, Maxi with a driven finish from eight yards after great skill on the right by Suarez to assist!
    • 47' GOAL LIVERPOOL! And finally Suarez makes the breakthrough, a superb cross from Adam after the corner was cleared back to him and a lovely header but poor marking again. Young dragged way out of position.
    • 45+2 Cerny with a low save to his left after a fizzing shot from Downing after a backheel from Kuyt. Good play but no goal.
    • 42' Double chance for Suarez but he can't beat Cerny! Downing slides in a cute ball to Suarez on the right but Cerny bats out his near-post finish! Suarez gets the return but again tries to shoot from an impossible angle, flashing it high and wide when Kuyt and Maxi were free!
    • 39' Great skill from Downing on the right to get behind Traore but his cross is half cleared. Johnson in the box and he goes down with Traore coming across him but nothing given! Looked like an arm flung out by Traore!
    • 31' Kuyt slips a super pass to Maxi, he is clean through and finishes low for the far corner but a great one-handed save from Cerny who had closed the angle! And he gets up to ensure Suarez doesn't get there for the rebound. Corner.
    • 21' Really good football from Liverpool on the right, one-touch with backheels and everything, until Johnson overruns it and SWP hoofs to touch. Now Suarez goes down very easily in the box under pressure from Faurlin. Nothing doing. Suarez on the right drills a lovely ball across the face of goal but well beyond both Kuyt and Maxi and out for a throw.
    • 15' Suarez inside to Maxi, who slips away from his marker with a superb piece of skill, he's in now and finds SUAREZ ON THE OVERLAP but a rotten finish, completely mis-hitting it so far wide it skewed off at a right-angle!
    • 12' Kuyt now has a dig from the edge of the box but Ferdinand blocks. Kuyt gets it back though and he slips it wide right to Suarez, who hits the byline and flashes a low cross shot inside Cerny's near post and flat across the face of goal but away past the back stick! Inventive effort that almost pays off!
    • 9' Great cross from Downing on the right and SUAREZ IS UNMARKED but he heads straight at Cerny from, oooh, eight yards? Terrible marking and a poor finish, should have scored!
    • 3' Suarez on the charge but Ferdinand glides across to knock to touch. Taken short and Suarez is in again on the right and he cuts it back for MAXI but Young blocks the finish! Corner again!
    • 14:15 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Maxi, Henderson, Adam, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez; Subs: Doni, Coates, Carragher, Kelly, Shelvey, Bellamy, Carroll /// QPR: Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Faurlin, Mackie, Smith, Bothroyd; Subs: Putnins, Orr, Hill, Derry, Campbell, Buzsaky, Connolly

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