English Premiership

Gerrard: Reds lucky to triumph

2014-10-20 07:58
Steven Gerrard (Supplied)
Steven Gerrard (Supplied)
Cape Town - Shocked Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits his side were very fortunate to come away from Queens Park Rangers with all three points on Sunday.

A thrilling Premier League encounter at Loftus Road finished 3-2 in favour of the Reds, with four goals coming in the final seven minutes.

The Merseysiders took the lead in west London courtesy of an own-goal by Richard Dunne on 67 minutes, but the contest really came to life with just three minutes of regulation time remaining.

On-loan Napoli forward Eduardo Vargas found a reply for Harry Redknapp's team on 87 minutes to record his first goal in QPR colours, only for the visitors to steal in front in the final minute through a deflected effort from Philippe Coutinho.

The drama was far from over, though, with Vargas scoring his second goal of the game moments later, which would have earned the hosts a deserved share of the spoils.

However, Brendan Rodgers' men had the final say as they broke up the field from a Rangers corner and grabbed a last-gasp winner, with Steven Caulker unlucky to put through his own net from close range as he attempted to cut out Raheem Sterling's cross from the left.

Gerrard was impressed with the fighting spirit shown by the Reds, but was disappointed with their overall performance, which almost saw them come away from the English capital with nothing.

"We're still in shock to be honest. We're very lucky today," he told Sky Sports 1 after the match.

"We would have had no complaints if we came away with nothing, we would have no complaints if we came away with a point. I think we're very lucky to come away with three points.

"Our performance needs to be better. I think the only credit we can give ourselves is that we never give up and keep going to the end. We got rewarded in the end for hanging in and staying in the game but all around it needs improving."

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