Queens Park Rangers To Meet The King's Boys

Oi FA! Are you watchin'?!
After the drama at Craven Cottage on Monday night, Liverpool welcome promoted side Queens Park Rangers to Anfield on Saturday. A missed opportunity to collect three points for the Reds means this fixture becomes even more important but I'm sure Neil Warnock will be thinking exactly the same thing.

Injuries for Liverpool as you all know by now mean unfortunately there is no Lucas Leiva or Steven Gerrard for manager Kenny Dalglish to select. Also unavailable is Jay Spearing who starts his three match ban (*cough* disgrace) so the Liverpool midfield will look somewhat different.

For QPR they have a big problem in goal, both Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy are out so Radek Cerny starts again for the London side.

Queens Park Rangers have had a bit of a strange season since being promoted. A side fielded by Neil Warnock will always have a never say die attitude but whilst they managed to beat Chelsea and nearly got the better of Man City they had big defeats at the hands of Bolton and Fulham without managing to put one in the net themselves.

The last time the two sides met was in 1996 where Liverpool won 2-1. To find a win for Queens Park Rangers we only have to go back to 1994 where QPR flipped the scoreline around and beat Liverpool 2-1. The last 6 clashes between the two sides reads; WWWLWW for Liverpool.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool have drawn their last 4 league games at Anfield but they are the only side along with Man City not to have lost at home this season.
  • QPR have kept one clean sheet in their last 9 league games.
  • Charlie Adam will be playing on his 26th birthday.

I think it's safe to say that this is going to be a tough game for Liverpool. With our current record against promoted sides and teams lower down the table, all the signs are there for a hard fought draw. However, this isn't to say Liverpool don't have the ability. 

I personally think Bellamy has to start on Saturday and preferably up front, i also think unfortunately at the moment both Downing and Henderson (unless given a chance in the centre) don't deserve to start before Maxi. Maxi can't do much more to show his worth but he seems to be the second option for now in Dalglish's mind.

Whatever happens it should be a quality game, all the signs are there for an exciting clash.

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