Liverpool cruised to a comfortable victory over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield, picking up their first home victory in five attempts in the process.
Luis Suarez’s header just after half time separated the two sides, but in reality this was a game that the home side dominated from start to finish.
Kenny Dalglish had been forced to make changes with Jordan Henderson partnering Charlie Adam in midfield.
Out of form striker Andy Carroll had to make do with a place on the bench as Kenny Daglish started with the industrious Dirk Kuyt alongside Luis Suarez up front.
Liverpool dominated possession in the first half pushing Rangers back into their own half. Suarez had the first chance of the game after 10 minutes but headed straight at Radek Cerny.
Q.P.R seemed completely unable to match Liverpool in midfield early on. Adam in particular controlled the game as the likes of Joey Barton and Alejandro Farlin struggled to contain the Reds passing.
However Neil Warnock’s side proved difficult to break down as they kept their shape well and made the Merseysiders work for every opportunity.
With Henderson partnering Adam in midfield Maxi was given the start on the left wing and he squandered a great opportunity after a quarter of an hour.
Having exchanged a neat 1-2 with Suarez, the Argentinian found himself through on goal. Rather than shoot he attempted to find a surprised Suarez who dragged his effort harmlessly wide.
Suarez was in the action again just a couple of minutes later. The Uruguayan, who has had his critics over the ease with which he goes to ground, was clearly held by Faurlin but referee Lee Mason ignored his protests and waved play on.
Cerny than produced a wonderful save to keep the game level. Kuyt played in Maxi whose low shot seemed destined for the bottom corner until the keeper somehow managed to get a hand on it and turn it round the post.
Such was Liverpool’s domination that Q.P.R’s first shot on goal arrived after 40 minutes of play with Wright Phillips long range effort merely serving as a reminder to Pepe Raina that he was playing a match.
Cerny than denied Suarez again, with the striker sending the rebound into the crowd when a pass to Kuyt may have been a better option.
The game was taking on a familiar trend with Liverpool dominating but their inability to convert their chances allowing the visitors to hang in the game. Such has been the case all too often this season.
However playing towards the Kop they immediately settled any doubts as Suarez finally converted to give them the lead two minutes after half time.
The ball came back out to Adam following a corner and his cross found the Suarez in acres of space. The diminutive striker made no mistake heading in from close range.
Q.P.R could have had a complaint for a penalty when Skyrtel clumsily challenged Jay Bothroyd but Mason again waved play on and replays suggested it was the right decision.
The Reds appeared to take their foot off the gas after the goal but with Q.P.R offering little threat they looked comfortable as the game entered the last half-hour.
They still created a couple of chances with Radek Cerny’s performance in goal the only thing keeping the score at 1-0.
At the other end Rangers were creating nothing and as the game entered the last fifteen it was hard to see them getting anything from this game.
They did start to throw more bodies forward forcing a couple of corners in quick succession, but the Liverpool defence which had been in danger of drifting off to sleep dealt with them comfortably.
However as they began to drop deeper they offered the previously lifeless Q.P.R attack some hope and they pressed forward.
As had been the case all day they failed to find enough creativity around the box and Liverpool held firm for what will have been a satisfying win for Kenny Dalglish. Even so their inability to finish chances is still a concern after this one.