Liverpool v QPR – Match preview and team news

Anfield will be the venue for a season-ending match of very little consequence for both teams, though it will provide the setting for a very special occasion for Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who will captain the side in his final game for the club after 16 years at the club.

While he may have been awarded the captaincy as a fitting reward for his years of service, the decision was also hastened by the absence of regular skipper Steven Gerrard, who is missing after undergoing shoulder surgery. Luis Suarez and Daniel Agger will also miss out, but Martin Skrtel could return alongside Carragher after missing last weekend’s win at Fulham through illness.

QPR have long been relegated but Harry Redknapp will want his team to gain an unlikely three points and potentially avoid finishing bottom of the Premier League table, where they currently lie, three points adrift of Reading.

However, their chances have not been helped by the news of star striker Loic Remy’s midweek arrest for alleged rape, an allegation that surely curtails any chances of his involvement on Merseyside.

Adel Taarabt, Shaun Wright-Phillips and DJ Campbell are also missing, while Christopher Samba’s hamstring problem looks set to keep him out. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar may well shake off a back injury to put himself in contention but could find himself benched anyway in favour of Robert Green.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Liverpool v QPR

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