Premier League wrap: Another tough weekend for Liverpool and QPR
Alex Sharp looks back at an eventful weekend of Premier League games, as Liverpool and QPR failed to win again
Super Sunday was everything we wanted – explosive, controversial and showcased some of the Premier League’s finest talents.
However, once again it was another miserable weekend for Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers, who both still sit in the relegation zone without a win this season.
For Liverpool, they faced a emotionally-charged afternoon, with Manchester United visiting Anfield for the first game there since the release of the Hillsborough report.
Let’s get one thing straight, Liverpool played quite well and if they didn’t have to contest a large chunk of the game with 10 men, then they could have snatched a famous victory.
Nevertheless, the Reds have failed to win any of their opening five league games for the first time since 1911 but one still hopes Brendan Rodgers will be given time to find results.
The fact is, Liverpool are playing a much more creative, flowing brand of football under Rodgers rather than the pedestrian, stale style they displayed last season under the outdated Kenny Dalglish. They nearly beat both Manchester sides but nearly is never good enough.
Rodgers is a class act and while he bloods in the talent of Raheem Sterling, he should be also be allowed to spend in January. The squad is clearly not good enough for a top-four finish and the owners need to realise this quickly.
Similarly, QPR are struggling at the root of the table. Bobby Zamora is their only scorer this campaign and they’ve conceded 11 goals after a frantic summer.
True, Mark Hughes has had to deal with a selection of injuries but the results just haven’t come. Like Liverpool they have had a couple of impressive performances but left without the points.
So what has gone wrong at Anfield and Loftus Road? Firstly, both clubs have had a huge change in personnel during the summer which would force any side to require some time to adapt.
Saying that, neither side has invested in true match-winners. Liverpool still rely upon the inspirational Steven Gerrard but without him Luis Suárez fails to finish and Sterling is only 17.
QPR, meanwhile, have invested at the back and made a couple of astute signings in the middle, with Esteban Granero and Park Ji-Sung. But despite this they still don’t have the match winners on show.
Adel Taarabt is a fantastic talent, who is available now following a hamstring injury. Junior Hoilett was superb for Blackburn last year and nearly kept them up but he is another acquisition needing time to settle into the new-look QPR.
Both sides need big performances from their big players in the next round of fixtures.