It may have only been a 0-3 scoreline but that doesn’t come close to describing how poor Queens Park Rangers were against Liverpool today at Loftus Road.
The game was effectively over by the time Daniel Agger headed in the Reds’ third in the 28th minute.
Luis Suarez had put Liverpool 0-2 up within 16 minutes amid chaotic scenes in the Rangers back four. The Hoops resembled a side that had never trained together as Ryan Nelsen and Clint Hill struggled with almost every aspect of Liverpool’s offence.
In truth, they weren’t that good. Looking like relegation certainties from the moment the game kicked off, Harry Redknapp watched his charges chase shadows against a Liverpool side that cruised into a three goal lead, and then stuck the car in cruise control for the remaining hour.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers missed the game through illness and his assistant Colin Pascoe who took charge could have pulled out a player or two and still won the game.
Redknapp once rescued Portsmouth from relegation after they had accrued just ten points from 15 games. QPR have ten from five games more. He will need to spend big when the transfer window opens because on this showing, his players are simply not good enough or hungry enough.
QPR are now eight behind Aston Villa who have accrued no points out of the last nine, with a minus15 goal difference in those three games. Villa occupy the lowest safe place, 17th, but they, Wigan, Southampton and Reading must now be viewing the battle to avoid the drop as QPR and two others.
In today’s other match Chelsea won the other battle between Merseyside and West London with a 1-2 win at Everton. Frank Lampard scored twice amid yet more press rumours that it will be his last match for Chelsea.
Everton had not lost at home for 14 games but rumours emerged that Lampard who is out of contract this summer. might be free to leave in the January window. Chelsea have won ten and drawn one of the matches Lampard has played this season in the EPL.
Chelsea now occupy third place, four points behind Manchester City but with a game in hand. They are still eleven behind leaders Man United.