Liverpool vs QPR – Premier League preview and team news

Queens Park Rangers will be desperate to close the gap to safety by claiming a much-needed victory at Liverpool, where they have not taken maximum points for 24 years.

There is just a much pressure on the hosts to deliver a strong performance, as they come into this with a record of just four points from their last five Premier League games, which has effectively ended any hopes of finishing in the top four. The focus now for under-pressure boss Brendan Rodgers will be to end fifth ahead of Tottenham and Southampton.

A poor performance and a defeat to Hull City on Tuesday just placed more emphasis on the Reds’ misfiring attack, with Philippe Coutinho’s eye for a pass rarely rewarded by his teammates. Mario Balotelli has struggled since being restored to the team and Raheem Sterling has been well below-par, so there may be changes here.

Having scored seven goals in their last two away matches and only lost once in their last five outings, QPR may come into this one confident that they can take something at Anfield, and their need is great considering that they come into it four points adrift of safety.

Charlie Austin’s failure to convert from the penalty spot in the last game against West Ham United could prove to be the decisive moment in their season. Despite that, he will still be the key man for the Londoners here, supported by Scouser Joey Barton and the in-form Matt Phillips; who has shown some real quality in recent weeks.

Daniel Sturridge will be out here for Liverpool and may miss the remainder of the campaign, while Mamadou Sakho joins him on the injury list. Lucas Leiva and Alberto Moreno will both be assessed.

QPR have doubts over Bobby Zamora, but could have Rio Ferdinand back in contention along with Armand Traore.

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