Liverpool 2 QPR 1
Captain Steven Gerrard may be on the final leg of his Liverpool farewell but the midfielder showed he still has a head for the big moments.
After missing the penalty to put them back in the lead after Leroy Fer’s volley had cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s first-half goal, he stole in to head home in the 88th minute for a 2-1 win which leaves 10-man QPR’s survival hopes hanging by the slenderest of threads.
The hosts looked like they had paid the price for not taking their chances when Fer’s strike gave QPR hope of a point with 17 minutes remaining, but Gerrard got them out of trouble.
There will not be many more moments like this and Anfield rose as one for an extra special cheer as he was substituted soon after.
In two weeks’ time Gerrard will make his final appearance on this ground before he leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy and you would not rule out a fairytale finish of some sort.
His late winner leaves QPR, who had Nedum Onuoha sent off for two bookable offences within the space of four minutes, seven points from safety with just nine to play for and Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next up.