Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker put through their own net as Liverpool won 3-2 against QPR following remarkable late drama at Loftus Road.
Caulker’s inadvertent error in the sixth minute of injury time ultimately settled a pulsating Premier League clash in Liverpool’s favour, but only after a see-saw battle had produced four goals in the last nine minutes and an almost unbelievable finale.
Chilean Eduardo Vargas – fresh from a double against Peru on international duty – looked set to grab the headlines heading into injury time.
On as a 79th-minute replacement for Bobby Zamora, the striker scored for the first time since arriving on loan from Napoli to level at 1-1, and then tied the scores again at 2-2 after Philippe Coutinho’s exquisite goal had once again given Liverpool the ascendancy.
Richard Dunne had earlier put through his own net to open the scoring, in the process becoming the first player in Premier League history to score 10 own goals, but it was his team-mate Caulker whose unwanted contribution proved decisive when he turned the ball past Alex McCarthy.
The visitors had endured a difficult week which saw Raheem Sterling in the spotlight for feeling tired while on England duty and Daniel Sturridge suffer another injury setback.
However, Sterling received a warm reception from both sets of supporters, having spent some time at the QPR academy before moving north, and he played a vital role in the goal that eventually won it for the visitors.
Goalkeeper McCarthy made his Premier League debut for QPR, with Robert Green suffering from tonsillitis, while Rio Ferdinand was dropped to the bench, with Dunne coming in along with Yun Suk-young and Zamora.