Today's game between QPR and Liverpool was the classic case of what happens when you do not take your chances when you are on top.
QPR went against the script and completely dominated Liverpool in the first half. The Hoops could have easily led 3-0 as Liverpool were clueless on how to defend the aerial bombardment led by Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin in an archaic 4-4-2.
The first big chance came int he 9th minute as Charlie Austin was stronger in the tackle than Glen Johnson and then managed to bypass Martin Skrtel. Running into the box he was first to the ball ahead of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, although he could not outfox him. Mignolet stayed big, causing Austin to first shoot straight at him and then as the rebound fell kindly to him, Austin hit the side-netting.
In the 27h minute, Bobby Zamora held off several Liverpool defenders to put in a good cross for Leroy Fer. Shockingly, Fer could only hit the cross bar with a header from six yards out.
QPR's last big chance of the half came in the 33rd minute from Fer, Austin and Zamora all within one attack. Liverpool somehow cleared the ball away from safety as a massive goalmouth scramble ensued; much credit goes to Simon Mignolet and Glen Johnson who battled manfully.
Liverpool were seriously subdued in what will rank as their worst performance to date. However, Steven Gerrard playing in a more advanced position, gave a glimpse of what was to come as he broke forward in a style reminiscent to yesteryear, only to steer the ball wide after turning his marker in the 44th minute.
Just two minutes later, Mario Balotelli summed up Liverpool's half as a promising counter by Sterling was ruined by a selfish and woeful shot - much to the annoyance of his team mates.
Liverpool improved in the second half and played their part in a ding-dong encounter as QPR matched their every blow. Liverpool were the first to make their move as Adam Lallana was set free into the box and had his powerful shot parried back into the path of Balotelli. Balotelli, who has yet to score in the Premier League, could not have believed his luck as the ball fell perfectly towards him; nonetheless, with the goal empty, Balotelli contrived to sky the ball over the bar from six yards.
Liverpool would get their goal a few minutes later as three QPR defenders would switch off, allowing a throw-in to be taken quickly. Johnson took advantage by dribbling into the box, crossing for Mario Balotelli, though Richard Dunne got to it first and steered the ball into his own goal - his 10th ever own goal of his career.
From there on in the game descended into madness as four goals were scored in seven minutes. QPR were the first to respond through Eduardo Vargas as the Hoops exposed Liverpool's weaknesses in the air.
A superb solo-goal by Philipe Coutinho restored Liverpool's lead only for QPR to level up again as Eduardo Vargas scored from a corner - Liverpool's aerial deficiencies showed up for the umpteenth time.
Liverpool would have the final laugh as Philipe Coutinho played a lovely through ball to find Raheem Sterling who blitzed the QPR defence. Moving onto a 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper, Sterling decided to side the ball to Balotelli, although for the second time, a QPR player would divert the ball into his own net, this time Steven Caulker.
Defeat leaves QPR last with just four points, racking up pressure on Harry Redknapp. Whilst Liverpool move up to 5th with 13 points.
QPR 44% possession 56% Liverpool
QPR 15 shots 15 Liverpool
QPR 6 shots on target 5 Liverpool
QPR 7 corners 2 Liverpool
QPR 10 fouls 15 Liverpool