Rodgers: Liverpool deserved win over QPR

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his side ran out worthy winners after seeing off lowly Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Anfield, the Daily Express has reported.

After a run which has seen them take just four points from their last five Premier League matches, the Reds made a low-key start, but scored with their first real opportunity as Rickie Lambert showed good vision to pick out the in-form Philippe Coutinho, and the Brazilian shot delightfully into the far corner.

Raheem Sterling missed a golden chance to make it two as Liverpool were more assertive after the break, but were punished at the other end as Leroy Fer fired home the equaliser from a corner.

The hosts won a penalty soon after that setback as Nedum Onuoha dragged down Martin Skrtel, but captain Steven Gerrard saw his kick saved by Robert Green. Minutes later, Onuoha received his second booking for a rash challenge on Jordon Ibe before Gerrard made up for his miss from the spot by heading the winner from a corner.

It may turn out to be the 34-year-old’s final competitive goal at Anfield, and it kept alive their slim hopes of Champions League qualification. After the game, Rodgers said: “QPR punished the chances we missed but the spirit my players showed and the attitude they had to keep fighting typified the mentality in the group and they deserved the three points in the end.”

On Gerrard, bound for Los Angeles in the summer, he added: “I would have put my mortgage on Steven Gerrard scoring a penalty,” Rodgers said. But you know the miss will have inspired him more and he got the header and has made a career of big goals like that. He is a truly remarkable player and he deserved the ovation.”

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