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  • December 10, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Mason
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Premier League Preview: Liverpool v QPR

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v QPR

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The Merseysiders will hope to bounce back from their defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage, as well as the FA charges that followed, when they face Neil Warnock's side


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL
 


Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Kuyt, Adam, Henderson, Downing
Suarez, Carroll

QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Cerny
Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Hill, Traore
Wright-Phillips, Barton, Faurlin
Mackie, Helguson
Liverpool received a further blow at the heart of their midfield with the straight card shown to Jay Spearing against Fulham, meaning he faces a three-match ban.

The 23-year-old looked to have earned his spot as a replacement for the injured Lucas Leiva but an enforced midfield reshuffle may now see Jordan Henderson in his more natural position inside.

Despite his stuttering start to life at Anfield, Andy Carroll could partner Luis Suarez in attack with the success of their partnership a must if Liverpool are to consign their recent lack of goals to the past.

For the visitors, Radek Cerny will continue in goal in the long-term absence of Paddy Kenny.

Neil Warnock has been known to favour a back five away from home in the Premier League so far and, given he has few injury worries in that area, could field a strong defensive wall.

Heidar Helguson has earned his right to lead the Loftus Road outfit’s attack with six goals in nine Premier League appearances.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • These sides last met in the Premier League 15 years ago, with Liverpool claiming all three points at Anfield and Loftus Road.
  • QPR last won at Anfield in March 1991 when a Les Ferdinand goal helped them to a 3-1 win just weeks after Kenny Dalglish (pictured right) had left his role as Reds' manager.
  • Neil Warnock previously travelled to Anfield as Sheffield United manager in February 2007, seeing his side lose 4-0.
  • Despite being in 12th position, QPR possess the worst goal difference outside of the Premier League bottom three.
  • QPR have just one win in their last five Premier League outings.
  • Liverpool have lost one of their last 12 fixtures in all competitions, but have drawn four of those matches.
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Players to watch

J. Henderson

Position: Midfielder

Games: 15

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The former Sunderland starlet has endured perhaps unfair criticism at the start of his career at Liverpool.

He was unfortunate to see a shot against Fulham rattle the post with the game at 0-0 and has shown an increasing adroitness for the pass-and-move philosophy currently gripping Anfield.

A move back to his natural position could well do wonders for a man who has thus far been unappreciated, and may provide him with the opportunity to strongly influence the Reds’ attacks.

J. Barton

Position: Midfielder

Games: 10

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A known Everton supporter, Barton has never had the greatest of relationships with Liverpool fans.

He is, however, expected to receive a warm reception this time given his recent work with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, but he will show no such sympathy after the whistle has blown.

The midfielder has continued to show his quality since moving from Newcastle and alongside Faurlin has forged one of the most impressive midfield partnerships in the league.

They will hope to find that a midfield without an anchor in Spearing or Lucas is easy pickings.

Editor's Prediction

Liverpool have found themselves unfortunate throughout several home draws and, most recently, their loss to Fulham.

It is their profligacy in front of goal which may most concern Dalglish and yet with the woodwork having been struck 11 times already this season, you feel they cannot be that far from taking their chances.

QPR have made impressive strides in the Premier League so far, currently sitting in 12th, but have conceded 15 goals on their travels – expect them to allow a couple more on Saturday.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Queens Park Rangers

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
92%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
9 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR

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