- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made amends for missing a penalty by clinching a 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday that damaged the London club’s bid for English Premier League survival.

The midfielder, who will join the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season, headed in Philippe Coutinho’s corner in the 87th minute at Anfield.

“A lot of players, when they miss a big penalty, their game goes and their confidence goes. He is the total opposite,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said of Gerrard.

“He is one of a unique group of players that when they need to respond, they do.”

Fifth-place Liverpool moved to four points behind Manchester United with three matches remaining in the race for the four Champions League places.

QPR is second from bottom, seven points from safety with nine points to play for.

Leroy Fer volleyed QPR level in the 73rd, canceling out Coutinho’s first-half opener, but the visitors saw Nedum Onuoha sent off 10 minutes later for fouling Jordon Ibe.

Both teams wore black armbands after it was announced earlier Saturday that defender Rio Ferdinand’s wife, Rebecca, died from cancer at the age of 34.

“He has come in and trained, kept it to himself, not been moping or had the world on his shoulders, he’s talked to the young players, he has been a man-mountain,” QPR manager Chris Ramsey said.

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