Struggling QPR host visitors from Anfield.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp: “On their day Liverpool can be a real threat to anybody.”
Ryan Nelsen is a doubt due to a virus. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar (back), full-back Nedum Onuoha (hamstring) and midfielder Park Ji-sung (knee) are also doubts. Strikers Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are sidelined with long-term injuries.
QPR (from): Green, Cesar, Murphy, Cerny, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Park, Fabio, Traore, Derry, Diakite, Granero, Taarabt, Hoilett, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: “For us it’s vitally important that we go there and win the game.”
Luis Suarez has been playing with a swollen ankle in recent weeks but it is not expected to keep him out. Brendan Rodgers may look to make some changes after the disappointing Boxing Day defeat at Stoke and that could see Raheem Sterling regain his first-team place. Midfielder Joe Allen may also come back into contention having been rested for the last couple of games.
Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Allen, Sterling, Suarez, Downing, Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Sahin, Henderson, Shelvey, Cole, Suso.
Referee: Anthony Taylor; Assistants: G Beswick, A Halliday; Fourth official: L Probert.
SOURCE: Official Premier League
Fabio, Ferdinand, Hill, Traore
Wright-Phillips, Faurlin, Mbia, Taarabt
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Lucas, Gerrard, Allen
Downing, Suarez, Sterling
Liverpool have won three of their last four league games against QPR.
Rangers have never beaten Liverpool in eight previous December meetings (D2, L6).
QPR are in danger of losing three successive league games for a third time this season.
Rangers have taken six points from a possible 18 under the management of Harry Redknapp. They had previously accrued just four points out of 39 (13 matches).
Redknapp will take charge of his 600th Premier League match, becoming the third manager to reach the milestone in the division after Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. He has won 228, drawn 157, and lost 214.
The R’s have lost 22 league matches in 2012, more than any other Premier League club.
They have picked up seven points at home this season, fewer than any other team.
Djibril Cisse scored 13 goals in 49 league appearances for Liverpool between 2004 and 2006.
The Reds will end 2012 with their fewest number of league victories in a calendar year. They are currently on 11; their previous low was 14 in 2010.
They have also lost 17 league matches in 2012, three more than in any other year.
Seventeen goals have been scored in Liverpool’s last four league games (F9, A8).
Their last two league wins came against London clubs: a 4-0 home win against Fulham and a 3-2 victory at West Ham.
Brendan Rodgers’s side have taken 20 points from a possible 27 against sides in the bottom half of the table. Their sole defeat came at home to Aston Villa earlier this month.
Steven Gerrard has scored in each of the club’s last three league matches. It’s five years since he scored in four successive league appearances.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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