Liverpool will be hoping to build on their morale-boosting win over West Bromwich Albion with a win away to rock-bottom Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Plenty of criticism has been aimed in QPR’s direction since their desperately poor performance at West Ham United last time out. Behind to an early own goal, they never threatened a comeback and the attitude and work-rate of a number of the players has been called into question.
Owner Tony Fernandes was forced to respond to the discontent, while this has now become a vitally important game, with the club’s home record set to take on even greater significance due to their lack of success on the road.
With Mario Balotelli benched, Liverpool got the win they needed at a nervy Anfield before the international break, with the impressive Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana scoring the goals which they hope will get their season back on track.
European champions Real Madrid await in the week, but the Reds cannot really afford to drop many more points in their upcoming games. Making things more difficult is the continued absence of Daniel Sturridge, who has suffered a new injury setback.
Niko Kranjcar could feature for the home side despite breaking his toe in training, but fellow midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch miss out.
Sturridge will now be out for around another month for Liverpool, who do at least have Joe Allen and Emre Can back available, while Dejan Lovren has recovered from an injury sustained on international duty.
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