Soccer: Dalglish left stunned by meltdown

By Matt Butler

Kenny Dalglish. Photo / Tim Hales
Kenny Dalglish. Photo / Tim Hales

Kenny Dalglish admits Liverpool must learn from their stunning meltdown against Queens Park Rangers if they are to avoid their English Premier League season drifting to a disappointing end.

Dalglish's side threw away a two-goal lead in the final 13 minutes to lose 3-2 to struggling QPR at Loftus Road yesterday.

And the Reds boss admits he is concerned his side may suffer in the FA Cup semifinal, when they face Everton or Sunderland at Wembley, if they continue to fail to close games out.

Dalglish was puzzled as to how Liverpool managed to go from being in control thanks to goals from Sebastian Coates and Dirk Kuyt, to leaving west London with nothing after Shaun Derry, Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie hit back.

Dalglish, who admitted ahead of the game that his side needed to win all 10 of their fixtures if they were to hope for a top-four spot, said: "We could have been three or four-nil up by halftime. There is not much more we can say, we don't have any answers as to what happened.

"The main thing we have to learn is that it is not over until it's over.

"We never got what we deserved, but that is life, I suppose. I can't explain it."

For QPR, Mackie and manager Mark Hughes believe the result could be the catalyst for survival.

The win was only their second in 17 games and took them out of the bottom three and two points clear of the relegation zone.

Hughes said: "We might look back at tonight and say this is where it all turned for us."

Liverpool started the game well and could have been 4-0 up inside the opening 12 minutes, as Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Kuyt had chances denied.

Coates fired Liverpool in front nine minutes after the break with a spectacular overhead kick, before Kuyt latched onto the rebound from Paddy Kenny's save off Stewart Downing's shot to double the visitors' lead.

But Derry rose to meet Adel Taarabt's corner to head in his first goal for QPR, before Cisse did the same to level the scores. Mackie took advantage of sloppy defending in stoppage time to score what could be a crucial goal for both ends of the table.

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