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  • December 30, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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QPR - Liverpool Preview: Harry Redknapp looks for second league win as visitors aim for Europe

The Reds travel to Loftus Road aiming to add some much-needed consistency to recent results, while the hosts are in desperate need of points to take them off bottom spot

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Green
Fabio, Ferdinand, Hill, Traore
Wright-Phillips, Faurlin, Mbia, Taarabt
Cisse, Mackie
LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Lucas, Gerrard, Allen
Downing, Suarez, Sterling

Harry Redknapp remains without long-term absentees Andy Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (thigh) for the visit of the Merseysiders. 

Jose Bosingwa (back), Julio Cesar (back) and club captain Park Ji-Sung (knee) are also doubts for Sunday's clash.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have no new injury worries. Luis Saurez is expected to recover from a slight knock sustained against Stoke, leaving Fabio Borini (foot) and Martin Kelly (knee) as Brendan Rodgers' only unavailable players.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Rock-bottom QPR boast three Champions League winners in their squad: Park Ji-Sung, Jose Bosingwa and Julio Cesar.
  • At this point in the Premier League's inaugural season in 1992-93, the Loftus Road side were seventh in the league with 32 points.
  • QPR currently have the fewest points at this stage of the season since Derby County in 2007.
  • Similarly, Liverpool's current points total of 25 is the lowest the club have ever had after 19 games since the three points for a win rule was introduced.
  • Luis Suarez (pictured, right) has scored 39% of his club's league goals this campaign.
  • This term, Steven Gerrard has already played 141 per cent of the league minutes he managed throughout the entirety of last season.
  • The two sides last met in March this year in the memorable 3-2 win for QPR at Loftus Road, with the hosts coming from 2-0 down with only 13 minutes left on the clock.
  • Last season saw the two sides' first meeting since 1996.

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1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
3Armand TraoréDefender
6Clint HillDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
9Djibril CisséStriker
12Jamie MackieStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
-Anton FerdinandDefender
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
23Junior HoilettStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
30SusoMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
24Oussama AssaidiStriker
Players to Watch
Djibril Cissé
Djibril Cissé
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
For QPR fans, the Frenchman is one of their most frustrating players, with his performances rarely occupying any of the middle ground between barnstorming and self-destructive. Nothing illustrates this better than the fact that, in all of his eight games he played for the club last season, Cisse either scored or was sent off.

Against his old club, and having come in for substantial criticism this term, Cisse will want to prove a point. More importantly, given QPR's current plight, he should want to win some points. He did so in the corresponding fixture last season, his late goal helping his side to an epic 3-2 victory, and should fancy his chances to repeat the feat against a porous Liveprool backline lacking pace.
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0
The Liverpool captain has spent much of this campaign undergoing a sort of double-adaptation process: getting used not only to his new manager's system and style, but also to the new-found limitations placed upon him by his own body.

Entering the latter stages of his career and having suffered more than his share of injuries, Gerrard can no longer cover ground like he used to. But he has shown a shrewder side to his game in recent weeks, choosing his moments to venture forward, and, just as importantly, choosing his moments  - and the right ones - to launch his signature long-distance passes across the field. Make no doubt about it, Gerrard can still dominate, and win, football matches.
Prediction
QPR have been dire this season, but since Harry Redknapp's arrival at Loftus Road they have only lost twice - though that is their last two games. Liverpool, meanwhile, have shown an inconsistent streak this season, but suffered a harrowing defeat against Stoke that showed other teams how to combat their passing style. Should QPR adopt this approach, it could be a tight one, and with Redknapp instilling stronger defensive instincts in his side, expect it to end all square.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 1

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