Liverpool End Month With Emphatic Win
Despondent: Gerrard Apologised to Fans after Loss to Everton Last Week
Last week, Liverpool suffered an anonymous loss to Everton last weekend, when 40,000 fans packed into Goodison Park for a Capital One Cup tie which the Reds entered on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run. However, even though Brazillian starlet Nathan got the Reds off to a blistering start with a long-range shot after just 4 minutes, the Liverpool defence just couldn't handle the Attacking force that Everton brought to the game, and two goals from Romelu Lukaku and one from Phil Jagielka sealed a 3-1 victory for the Blue half of Merseyside.
Speaking after the match, captain Steven Gerrard was apologetic: "I just want to take this chance to apologise to the fans for our performance out there - we weren't good enough, and to be out of the Cup at this stage just isn't acceptable for a club like this. We will come back stronger than before, and put this defeat behind is.
Against QPR, that's exactly what Liverpool did. Playing host, the Anfield side welcomed a raucous crowd of almost 45,000, and Striker Daniel Sturridge had them ahead after just 9 minutes, after a mazy run ended with a shot lifted over QPR 'keeper Alex McCarthy.
5 minutes later, Leroy Fer had QPR level, Asmir Begovic was caught in no-mans-land after a corner, and Fer hung for what seemed like hours in the air, heading home to the delight of the QPR fans behind the goal. Parity didn't last, however, with Brazilian starlet Nathan striking from close-range to put Liverpool 2-1 up.
Celebrating: Liverpool fans are quickly getting used to Nathan's goalscoring exploits
Two further Liverpool goals, one from Daniel Sturridge, and one from Steven Gerrard, saw Liverpool race into a 4-1 lead just before half time. Even Jordon Mutch's 41st minute goal didn't seem to stem the flow of Red shirts pushing forward.
At half-time, the Liverpool fans were jubilant - the side they saw today was a million miles from the 11 that had rolled over so easily just 3 days ago at Everton. Going forward, Liverpool seemed unstoppable. Whatever Brendan Rodgers had told his side in the intervening days had obviously had an effect. Daniel Sturridge in particular was irrepressible, and with 2 goals to his name, had also had a hand in Nathan's goal, slipping a sublime ball between 3 QPR defenders for the Brazillian to score his tap-in.
After the break, Sturridge's impressive display continued, as he set up both Fabio Borini and Lazar Markovic to score in the game's final 20 minutes to seal a 6-2 victory, and send the Reds to second place in the Premiership, just one point behind Manchester City.
Attentions at Anfield will now be focused on October, with two Champions League matches and a tricky visit to West Brom all in the mix. Can Gerrard and Co. continue their impressive run?