Newly promoted QPR make the trip north to Anfield to take on a Liverpool side desperate to improve from their most recent fixture.
Kenny Dalglish saw his side go down to ten men thanks to a sending off for young midfielder Jay Spearing, and then lost a goal after Pepe Reina failed to deal with ex-Red Danny Murphy’s shot. Clint Dempsey scored to inflict a defeat on Liverpool and they are eager to bounce back against Rangers. Jordan Henderson is expected to move into central midfield due to the absence of Spearing, Lucas and Steven Gerrard. The Reds are still unbeaten at home so far this season, but have been poor against the other newly-promoted sides, Norwich and Swansea, who have taken a point off the Reds on their trips to Anfield.
QPR are without Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy again in goal, so Radek Cerny will deputise. Neil Warnock’s side have been unlucky with injuries and midfielder Adel Taarabt faces a late fitness test before the game. Striker Heidar Helguson could make his 250th start in English football at Anfield and he is the R’s form player with six goals in his last seven games. Warnock’s men drew 1-1 with West Brom last weekend, but should have won. They will not want to be so wasteful if they receive chances at Anfield. Captain Joey Barton should receive a volley of abuse from the Kop given his Everton allegiances.
Liverpool will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing result on Monday night, but face willing opposition against QPR. Rangers have already beaten Chelsea this season and ran Manchester City close, but the Reds should have enough in the tank to see of the challenge from Warnock’s men.
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