Football: Queen's Park Rangers’ dismal season shows no sign of waning after Liverpool made sure a calamitous 2012 for the home side ended in fitting style.
Three goals inside a whirlwind opening 28 minutes killed the game as a contest. A double from Luis Suarez and a header from Daniel Agger gave the Reds a fully deserved win.
QPR improved, albeit only slightly, after the break, as they successfully achieved not being on the end of a real hiding from the exceptional visitors.
QPR chief executive Philip Beard strangely called 2012 a “year to be remembered” in his programme notes, but in reality it’s one that every Rs fan will want to erase from their memory.
It was a 12-month period that included 23 defeats, just seven league wins, three different managers and no away victories. That depressing trend continued here as a full-flowing Liverpool completely ripped apart the ragged Hoops.
This latest defeat leaves Rangers eight points away from safety at the foot of the table.
Right from the first whistle the Reds were eager to impress and took full advantage of the lack of legs in the ageing QPR centre-back pairing of Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen, who had a combined age of 69 years.
The brilliant Suarez feasts on cumbersome defenders and wriggled free of Hill to give his side the lead on 10 minutes. The controversial Uruguayan doubled his tally six minutes later. His initial cross was only half cleared by Nedum Onuoha, but the striker reacted quicker than anyone else to fire home.
Liverpool continued the relentless onslaught and Agger headed home a Steven Gerrard cross following a neat short corner routine. Liverpool’s excellent play would have made for comforting viewing for stricken Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, who had to miss the game through a virus.
The home fans had seen enough by half time and one angry punter ripped off his QPR woolly hat and club jacket and launched it onto the field of play before striding off to the nearest exit.
Liverpool failed to add to their advantage in the second period, but they were always in control as QPR ended the calendar year with a whimper.