Mario Balotelli's goal drought in the Premier League continues, despite having an incredibly simple chance to notch his first for Liverpool.
Following his £16m move from AC Milan, the Italian has now played in six Premier League games.
Whilst he might have scored in the Champions League against Ludogorets, it is in the Premier League that Liverpool are desperate for improvement.
The 3-2 win over QPR leaves Liverpool in fifth place, nine points behind pace-setter Chelsea. However, the result was incredibly fortunate on the balance of play.
Among the biggest concerns will be the form of Balotelli.
The striker had a host of chances at Loftus Road, but failed to convert any of them. The worst came midway through the first half when the ball broke to him after good work from Adam Lallana. With an open goal gaping, Balotelli could only hit the ball over the bar.
QPR 2 Liverpool 3 player ratings
QPR 2 Liverpool 3 player ratings
1/22 QPR: Alex McCarthy
Did a solid job deputising for Rob Green – little he could do about any of Liverpool’s goals. 6/10
2/22 Nedum Onuoha
Hardly tested during the first half before going off with an injury. 6
3/22 Richard Dunne
At fault for the Reds’ opener – didn’t adjust his feet quickly enough and turned Sterling’s effort into his own goal. 5
4/22 Steven Caulker
Scored the match-winning goal… at the wrong end. Unfortunate, having worked hard to keep his side in touch as Liverpool threatened to run away with the game having gone 1-0 up. 5
5/22 Yun Suk-Young
Solid performance apart from losing concentration for Liverpool’s opener – defended capably and provided width down the left as QPR dominated the first half – should keep his starting place. 6
6/22 Mauricio Isla
A real threat down the right in the first half, forced to move backwards by Onuoha’s withdrawal at half-time. 6
7/22 Karl Henry
Bullish performance in the centre of midfield. Bullied his more illustrious opponents at times. 7
Influential for 60 minutes before going off injured – his departure coincided with Liverpool taking control of the game. 7
9/22 Leroy Fer
Should have given his side the lead in the first half as he twice hit the bar with great chances – aside from that played well. 6
10/22 Bobby Zamora
The captain’s physicality was a threat to the Liverpool defence right from the opening moment – laid on chances for Austin and Fer that should have been taken. 8
11/22 Charlie Austin
A threat to the Liverpool defence throughout, could have got himself on the score sheet, but did well to set up Vargas’ first. 7
12/22 Liverpool: Simon Mignolet
Another shaky performance – made some good saves but looked extremely vulnerable at times. 5/10
13/22 Glen Johnson
Looked a little rusty on his return to the starting XI from injury – helped prevent a goal with some last ditch defending in the first half and crossed for Dunne’s own goal. 6
14/22 Martin Skrtel
The enforcer of Liverpool’s back four was completely bullied by Zamora and can count himself fortunate (or unfortunate) if he keeps his starting place against Real Madrid on Wednesday. 5
15/22 Dejan Lovren
Unable to handle the inspired Zamora until he went off – unconvincing. 5
16/22 Jose Enrique
Caused a lot of trouble by Isla in the first half – unable to impact the game going forward. 5
17/22 Jordan Henderson
One of few Liverpool players who could be reasonably satisfied with his performance. His mixture of effort and quality helped to keep the Reds in the game as they struggled in the first half. 7
18/22 Emre Can
Making his first Premier League start, the German U21 international failed to stamp his authority on the game and was replaced by Joe Allen soon after the hour mark. 5
19/22 Raheem Sterling
It wasn’t his finest game, but his decisive impact speaks for itself. Played a part in all of Liverpool’s goals and can now looking forward to taking on Real Madrid on Wednesday. 7
20/22 Steven Gerrard
Pushed into a more advanced role in the first half, he was anonymous until almost giving his side the lead just before the break – a bit better when dropping deeper in the second half. 5
21/22 Adam Lallana
Gradually working his way back to full fitness, the England man struggled to get involved during the first half but his shot did lead to Balotelli’s big chance. Went off soon after the hour mark. 5
22/22 Mario Balotelli
He didn’t deserve to be on the winning side. Spurned two great opportunities and generally didn’t look after possession very well. 4
In the final few minutes of the crazy game in west London, he latched onto a low ball across the box from which he tried a cheeky flick that went wide. It was a chance he should of scored.
Unsurprisingly, the internet has been reacting...
Most of you seem to think this is doing a disservice to Emile Heskey! pic.twitter.com/8zeSox7RHV— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) October 19, 2014
didn't know Balotelli was this bad pic.twitter.com/NWWQ9N2qLj— Messi (@RamboRants) October 19, 2014
Cristiano: Karim, we will have to face Glen Johnson and Pepe has to face Balotelli pic.twitter.com/7N6lQ9oYAe— Nari (@ReusEra) October 19, 2014
Mario Balotelli has now taken 20 shots in the league this season without scoring a goal, something's gotta' give. pic.twitter.com/j7fJ3OFqsV— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 19, 2014
Little known fact: 'Balotelli' is the Italian word for the French word 'Ngog'. Translates into English as 'Heskey'.— The MAN (@timileyin_) October 19, 2014
60 - Brendan Rodgers has spent the last 60 minutes looking for the receipt for Mario Balotelli. Refund.— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) October 19, 2014
"Wanna hear a joke?" . . . . "Balotelli." pic.twitter.com/GxrXaLGHd5— MS19 (@mikesanz19) October 19, 2014
More goals for Liverpool than Balotelli this season pic.twitter.com/v9l4bqVwcm— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) October 19, 2014
Liverpool will say the victory was the most important thing - but with Daniel Sturridge suffering a setback in his return from injury, Balotelli's form is becoming increasingly concerning.