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  • May 19, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
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Liverpool - QPR Preview: Carragher to bid farewell to Reds before retiring

The veteran defender is calling time on a career spanning 17 seasons against the Championship-bound club, with the Rs looking to avoid finishing bottom of the Premier League table

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Coates, Enrique
Henderson, Lucas, Shelvey
 Borini, Sturridge, Coutinho

QPR

Green
Fabio, Samba, Hill, Traore
Townsend, Jenas, Mbia, Hoilett
Zamora, Mackie


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could make a couple of changes from the side that beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage on Sunday, with Jose Enrique replacing Andre Wisdom and Fabio Borini could be handed a start after impressing with two substitute appearances lately.

Jamie Carragher starts his last game as a professional footballer and is expected to be partnered by Sebastian Coates at the heart of the Liverpool defence with Martin Skrtel (illness) unlikely to feature.

As for Harry Redknapp's QPR side, Jose Boswinga could have played his last game for the club after being hauled off at half-time of their 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle last time out, Fabio is expected to replace the Portuguese right-back.

Star striker Loic Remy returned to training on Friday following allegations of rape, and is available for selection, while Christopher Samba could return from a knee injury that has forced him to the Rs last three games as Julio Cesar (back) is expected to remain out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The Reds icon has the unfortunate record of scoring more own goals than goals however, having sent eight in his own net.
  • Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 15 Premier League home matches.
  • Brendan Rodgers' side have won more top-flight games without Luis Suarez (58%) than with him (39%).
  • QPR have only managed to score 17 goals on the road this term, however that is more than the 13 notched at Loftus Road.
  • The Rs last won at Anfield back in March 1991 when a Les Ferdinand goal helped them to a 3-1 win.
  • Since winning two games back-to-back in early March, Harry Redknapp's side have failed to win in eight, drawing two and losing six.
  • QPR have garnered just one point from their previous five trips to Anfield.

Players to watch

D. Sturridge

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
The England international is coming off a hat-trick against Fulham in his previous outing and is flourishing in the absence of the banned Luis Suarez. The 23-year-old is proving one of the best buys of the winter transfer window and will be confident of adding to his 10 league goals already mustered in a Liverpool shirt.

A. Townsend

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The midfielder has been one of the brighter sparks of QPR's season since making his loan move from Tottenham in January. The 21-year-old has started all 11 games he has featured in, scoring two goals, and will be hoping to impress once more before heading back to White Hart Lane.

Editor's Prediction

It looks as though this game can only go one way with the fourth-highest scorers in the league this season against one of the most fragile defences. With a red-hot attack headed by Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho, Liverpool could turn this game into a cricket score to send Jamie Carragher into a very happy retirement.

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
88%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
8 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Liverpool FC LIV
4 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR

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