Brendan Rodgers has admitted Liverpool got lucky in their 2-3 win over QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday.
In what was an incredible finish to the game, the Reds twice appeared to have thrown away the lead, conceding two late goals to Rangers substitute Eduardo Vargas.
The Reds had to rely on a last minute own goal from Steven Caulker to earn what was in all honesty, an undeserved three points.
Rodgers told Sky Sports afterwards: “They certainly didn’t deserve to lose, QPR. We were very, very lucky to get the win.
“We showed tremendous character and were a little bit better in the second half, but QPR definitely deserved something.”
He added: “We put players on to play a game, which is a technical game. The first half, we didn’t pass the ball, we had no rhythm in our game, movement was too slow, no speed in the game.
“Coutinho coming on gives us that technical lift in the game and we then started to create that bit more.
“I thought Raheem Sterling was outstanding today in his running and desire. It was really quick thinking for the first goal and he broke away on the other one.
“Overall we were fortunate, but it’s a long season and you’re going to not play well in games. You hope to get points and today we got three points, but QPR were unfortunate.”
After a difficult week, Raheem Sterling was involved in two Liverpool goals – both own goals in fact scored by Richard Dunne and Caulker.
“Good players come alive when the ball goes dead, and he did that – spotted the play,” Rodgers said of the 19-year-old.
“Harry will be disappointed with that (Dunne’s own goal) because they had defended well up until that point. It’s just those moments where you switch off.
“He was excellent. The build-up to the other goal, his speed, his touch, his movement was exceptional.”
Balotelli needs to buck his ideas up or at least wake up.
Balotelli just needs to be calm but fast at thinking in the goal area. His shooting accuracy is really questionable but should look at the best options (pass the ball to a nearby playmate)as opposed to wasting chances.
The lads should also try to be fast at counters. Henderson, sterling and may be Adam could do this perfectly well.