Liverpool´s biggest win ever at QPR came two seasons ago, 3-0. On three occasions it has ended 3-1 to the visitors. Let´s examine one of these victories, the one on 11th of November 1978. It was a fine match in a fantastic Red season.
This was the 14th match of the season 1978/79. Liverpool was topping the table while QPR was languishing in 15th place out of 22. After a marvellous start with ten wins and one draw in the first eleven matches Liverpool came unstuck and could only grab one point in the following two games. A win against QPR was a necessity. The London bunch was even worse off at that moment, they had not managed a win i their last four. Both teams needed a good result.
Liverpool played brilliant attacking football from the off, and dominated the match completely, but totally against the run of play QPR broke the deadlock in the 27th minute through Peter Eastoe. Luckily Liverpool responded immediately and equalized two minutes later when a Steve Heighway shot found it´s way into the net via a home defender and just inside the post. It was in fact the last goal the speedy winger scored for Liverpool. It was his 50th league goal and an important one.
Just before half-time the Reds were in front. Ray Kennedy received a perfect pass from Graeme Souness and smashed home with a fine volley. In the second half Liverpool took the foot of the pedal but held on to the slender lead and five minutes from time David Johnson made 3-1 with a 10-yard drive. Game over. Both Kennedy and Johnson, just like Heighway, scored near the 50 mark in their Liverpool careers. Kennedy hit 51 league goals and Johnson scored 55.
The QPR win was one of 30 that season. The Reds were eventually crowned champions and runners-up Leeds was as far behind as eight points in the final table. In those days it was two points for a win and if it had been today the margin would have been 17 points. This was of course a classic Liverpool team and arguably the best ever. Players like Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Alan Hansen, Jimmy Case, Terry McDermott and Kenny Dalglish were members of this excellent group together with the ones already mentioned.
The Reds impressed all season, lost only four out of 42 matches and was undefeated at home. The record at Anfield was incredible, 19 wins, two draws an no setbacks. The goal-difference was also amazing, 51 to 4. Yes, only four goals was let in during the whole home campaign. At Anfield Liverpool kept 17 clean sheets and on away trips they shut out the opposition on eleven occasions, a total of 28 clean sheets. The Liverpool of today can only dream about such a feat. But why not defy the odds and start a streak of clean sheets on Sunday versus QPR when:
We Go Again.Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.