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  • 21 March 2012
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QPR - Liverpool Preview: Hosts looking to end a six-game winless run

The Hoops are chasing only second Premier League win since Mark Hughes took over back in January, while Kenny Dalglish’s are hoping to revive their quest for the Champions League


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Onouha, Ferdinand, Hill, Traore
Barton, Diakite, Taarabt
Wright-Phillips, Zamora, Cisse
LIVERPOOL

Reina
Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique
Kuyt, Adam, Spearing, Downing
Gerrard
Suarez

QPR boss Mark Hughes could recall the fit again Adel Taarabt as he looks to add more creativity to a side desperate to bounce back from their narrow 2-1 loss against Bolton. The mercurial Moroccan could take the place of Shaun Derry.

Taye Taiwo could be pushing for a start at left-back against Armand Traore, although the former Arsenal man may just about hold onto the position. Long-term injury absentees Alejandro Faurlin and Heidar Helguson again miss out.

As for the Reds, Kenny Dalglish is unlikely to tinker too much from the side which defeated Stoke to reach the FA Cup semi-finals at the weekend. Daniel Agger (cracked rib) and Glen Johnson (hamstring) are close to a return but are likely to be saved for the game against Wigan at the weekend.

Charlie Adam could be handed a recall in place of former Atletico Madrid man Maxi Rodriquez, while Dirk Kuyt may well get the nod over Andy Carroll. This would then hand Steven Gerrard the chance to play just in behind Luis Suarez.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR have managed to win just one of their last 16 Premier League matches - a 3-1 victory against Wigan back in January.
  • The home side have struggled to keep clean sheets since getting promoted back to the top-flight, with their last shutout in the Premier League coming 20 games ago when they beat a nine-man Chelsea side 1-0.
  • Djibril Cisse (pictured right) has already scored more league goals for QPR (2 in 3 matches) than he managed in Serie A for Lazio (1 in 18).
  • The Hoops have only managed to win one game in nine league against Liverpool since the start of the Premier League -  a 2-1 win on 31 October 1994.
  • The reverse fixture this season finished in a narrow 1-0 Liverpool win at Anfield with Luis Suarez scoring the goal.Liverpool’s top goalscorers in the league are Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy, who both have six goals apiece.
  • The Reds have the second best defensive record in the Premier League (26 goals conceded) behind Manchester City (20).
  • Kenny Dalglish’s side have won just one of their last six away games in the league.

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Available Squads
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
3Armand TraoréDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
9Djibril CisséStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
19Danny GabbidonDefender
3Taye TaiwoDefender
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
9Jay BothroydStriker
12Jamie MackieStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
3José EnriqueDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
11Dirk KuytStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
6Fabio AurelioDefender
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
38Jon FlanaganDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
Players to Watch
Djibril Cissé
Djibril Cissé
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Liverpool and Sunderland forward has had an eventful opening to his QPR career - netting twice in three matches as well as getting himself sent off. Since returning to the Premier League from Lazio in January, Cisse seems to be thriving and could well get himself on the score sheet against a Liverpool defence likely to be missing Johnson and Agger.
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Uruguayan international scored at the weekend to help his side progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and will be looking to get on a scoring run with the season reaching a crucial stage. At times the forward produces spectacular pieces of skill before failing to hit the back of the net with his finish. If he can improve his scoring record then his side have every chance of finishing inside the top-six.
Prediction
QPR head into match having not played at the weekend, while Liverpool were pushed all the way in their FA Cup win over Stoke City. The home side know they need to start picking up points and fast if they are to retain their top-flight status. With plenty of attacking talent on display goals could well be aplenty in an open and entertaining encounter.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 2

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