Queens Park Rangers 0 - 3 Liverpool

Match info: Premier League at Loftus Road Stadium

Date: 30/12/2012 KO: 16:00 Ref: A Taylor Att: 18,304

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers




Luis Suarez 10,16
Daniel Agger 28

FT (ht: 0-3)

  • Last Updated: December 30 2012, 19:51 GMT

Post-match reaction to Liverpool's 3-0 victory over QPR.

Redknapp confident of beating drop

QPR may have been ruthlessly dispatched by Liverpool but manager Harry Redknapp still believes his bottom-place side can stave off relegation.

The west Londoners go into the new year eight points adrift of safety, with just one victory to show from 20 Premier League outings this season.

Here they fell to a fifth home defeat of the season as Liverpool romped to a 3-0 victory, thanks to a Luis Suarez brace and Daniel Agger header inside 27 minutes.

Redknapp admits QPR were "run ragged" at Loftus Road but, despite that and his team's predicament, is confident he can turn things around.

"I think we'll stay up still," the Rs boss said. "You'll think we're mad, but I think we will stay up.

"I only want positive people around me, I said that in the dressing room.

"Those that are moping around, the subs that are not playing, are not playing because they're no good.

"If they had been any good, I'd be picking them. I don't need miserable faces, I don't need them around me.

"I need people who are upbeat. The next two games are unbelievable, Chelsea away and Tottenham at home - two of the best teams in the country.

"They are difficult games, but we've got to keep going and I still think we'll do it."

Redknapp promised not to "give up" on his side, although accepts they deserved to lose today.

"The first half was difficult but second half I thought we did okay, but it's hard," he said. "They've got better quality than we had, everywhere. It was a very difficult game.

"It did hurt, but what can you do? It's hard. It can happen, being smashed by Liverpool. It can happen on their day."

Redknapp needs reinforcements in January if QPR are to beat the drop, but was coy when asked about new faces.

"I'm not sure, really," he said. "We'll see. If we can find the right players, get one or two in to make the difference.

"We need to get Bobby Zamora fit to give us a target up there. He could make a difference."

QPR would have hoped to have gained a slight advantage over Liverpool given they were without manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds boss missed the game after being taken ill in London, with back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones and head of performance Glen Driscoll also sent home with the bug.

Assistant manager Colin Pascoe and coach Mike Marsh deputised at Loftus Road, although the former was ill himself.

Pascoe was not allowed into the changing room in case he infected the team, so Marsh relayed his notes to the players.

"This morning he phoned me at eight o'clock," Pascoe said of Rodgers. "I wasn't feeling very well myself this morning, but he's worse than me.

"He was very, very white and he woke up not very well.

"The way the medical team and the doctors tried to isolate the players and the staff, they've been fantastic.

"Hopefully they'll have nipped it in the bud and not too many will be affected by it.

"Brendan picked the team. All the preparation for the game was all done.

"The presentations that we do to the players, that was all set for today's game. But unfortunately Brendan woke up and wasn't very well.

"I did the presentations today, but the presentations and everything running up to it was the manager."

Liverpool will be hoping to have Rodgers back for the visit of Sunderland on January 2, while good news in regards to the injury Jose Enrique picked up in the second half would not go amiss.

"Unfortunately, it looks as if he's got a little tear in his hamstring," Pascoe said.

"He was terrific today, absolutely superb, and he's been a joy to watch in the last few months, so hopefully he's not out for too long.

"I am not allowed in the changing room so I am not allowed to assess anything."

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