Dec 30 2012 By Paul Warburton
QPR 0-3 Liverpool
GOODBYE 2012 – and good riddance as far as QPR are concerned. It might have been a memorable Olympic year, but on this showing it will need the ancient Gods themselves to change club fortunes.
Rangers lost 23 matches in the calendar year, more than any other Premier League club, while picking up a measly seven at home this season, fewer than any other team.
They never looked like adding to the meagre tally after conceding three inside 28 minutes, and if chairman Tony Fernandes had spare cash before he took over at Rangers, the chairman has emptied his wallet at a rate of knots with more spending demanded.
He is forced to augment the woebegone squad with new faces in the January transfer window, but he might want to save his money if Rangers come across sides in Liverpool’s form.
Luis Suarez set the tone when he warmed the hands of Julio Cesar from distance.
And the next time the on-fire Uruguayan got the ball, he confirmed Clint Hill’s worst fears when he skipped past the Rs defender to slot home into the far corner.
It got worse for the Liverpool-born man in hoops when he allowed Suarez to first win a header against him, before the striker pulled a ball back from the byline.
QPR man of the match Nedum Onuoha (pic) got in a great challenge, but the ball came back into the path of Suarez who swept home.
It would have been 3-0 had Ryan Nelsen missed a vital touch to deny Glen Johnson cutting in by the touchline – but it mattered little.
A short corner allowed Steven Gerrard to cross, and there was Daniel Agger making mugs of both Hill and M’Bia to head down and in – even though Cesar got a despairing hand to the ball.
Taarabt had a left-foot drive comfortably dealt with by Reina – but that was the sum total of home attacks in a one-sided half.
There was the eye-opening substitution of Shaun Derry for Djibril Cissé at the break as boss Harry Redknapp deemed a midfielder the better bet than the forward.
But it was more of the same when Suarez made himself room to fire from 15 yards that demanded a solid tip over from Cesar.
The rest of the game saw Rs huff and puff a bit better with M’Bia trying his luck from distance three times, but there was a lingering suspicion it was only because Liverpool allowed them.
QPR: Cesar, Diakite (Granero 63), Traore, Hill, Cisse (Derry 46), Taarabt, Wright-Phillips (Fabio 80), Mackie, Onuoha, Nelsen, M’bia
Substitutes not used: Green, Ferdinand, Hoilett, Faurlin.