QPR will be looking for some of the fighting spirit that saw overcome a 2-0 deficit at home to opponents Liverpool at Loftus Road last season, only for three goals in the last 15 minutes to give a victory that acted as a catalyst for the R’s eventual survival.
Harry Redknapp’s men slipped to the bottom of the table once more after succumbing to West Brom on Boxing Day and the affable former Tottenham manager will know that victories are needed quickly if his team are to stand any chance of survival.
The Londoners may be without influential central-defender Ryan Nelsen who is suffering from a virus, while injury concerns remain over Nedum Onuoha (hamstring) and Park Ji-Sung (knee). Elsewhere, Redknapp may look to recall Julio Cesar in goal after Robert Green’s calamitous own goal in the defeat to the Baggies, while a choice remains between Jamie Mackie and Djbrill Cisse up front while Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson remain on the long-term injury list.
Visitors Liverpool will be looking for a reaction after their poor and passive performance in defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day. Brendan Rodgers will be sweating on the fitness of star striker and performer on the day at the Britannia Luis Suarez, who is struggling with an ankle injury.
Elsewhere, Rodgers may look to make changes from the side that visibly crumbled in the Potteries, with Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen and Joe Cole looking for recalls. Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly remain sidelined with foot and knee injuries respectively.