QPR 2-3 Liverpool: Late Caulker own goal wins points in sensational tie

Goals from Richard Dunne (OG), Philippe Coutinho and Steven Caulker (OG) saw Liverpool defeat QPR, despite a brace from Eduardo Vargas.

A late Steven Caulker own goal saw Liverpool take all three points against QPR in a five goal thriller at Loftus Road.

QPR were in the ascendency for much of the game as Liverpool struggled to get a foot-hold on proceedings.

That was highlighted by the fact that Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer hit the crossbar twice in the first 45 minutes.

But in the second half Liverpool began to take advantage of the tiring QPR legs.

Adam Lallana had a shot saved by Alex McCarthy, which fell at the feet of Mario Balotelli with an open goal in front of him. But the Italian smashed his effort over the bar.

Not long after and the quick thinking of Liverpool caught QPR out. A quickly taken free-kick saw Glen Johnson through, his cross turned into his own net by Glen Johnson.

But QPR kept coming and Eduardo Vargas looked to have saved a point for the Londoners. His cross was headed back into play by Charlie Austin and Vargas followed it in to make it 1-1.

Moments later he was denied a winning effort by a last ditch Martin Skrtel challenge. Liverpool went on the break soon after and Philippe Coutinho looked to have won it with a low drive.

But that was not enough for victory. Vargas appeared to win a header at the near-post from a QPR corner to surely secure a point at Loftus Road.

But the drama was not over. QPR over-committed for a free-kick and Liverpool went on the break. Raheem Sterling squared for Balotelli to tap into an empty net, but Steven Caulker got in the way - forcing the ball into his own net for a fantastic finish - with Liverpool claiming a 3-2 victory.

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