Injury Blow For Reds Prior To QPR Clash
Liverpool make the trip to Loftus Road on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers' side aim to pick up where they left off in the league. News of Daniel Sturridge picking up another injury though has left kopites concerned as the Reds look for an alternative option in attack.
Mario Balotelli is obviously the man Brendan will be looking to but in my opinion there's no point playing him unless you forge the team to support him. There have been several calls from fans on Twitter to sit Steven Gerrard behind Mario tomorrow and I personally would love to see this.
Injuries for Liverpool as we know begin with the devastating loss of Daniel Sturridge. Jon Flanagan is also out long term but there are several players for the Reds who are nearing fitness. Late decisions will be made on the likes of Lovren, Sakho, Allen and Can.
For Queens Park Rangers they are without Mutch, Faurlin and Barton but may be able to call upon Krancjar who has offered to have a pain killing injection in order to play with a broken toe he picked up in training.
The last time the two sides met was in May last year. The game at Anfield saw Philippe Countinho bag the only goal. The last trip to Loftus Road for the Reds ended very well after a Luis Suarez brace and a Daniel Agger goal gave them all three points.
In 2012 most fans will remember the exciting clash between the two sides including that ridiculous goal from Sebastian Coates. In league games against QPR, Liverpool have won on 31 occasions, drawn on six and lost seven times.
QPR are currently bottom of the league having collected just four points from their opening games. Their only win so far came against Sunderland at the end of August. Liverpool are sitting in 9th at the time of writing. A slow start for the Reds has left them lounging around in an area of the table that they barely saw last season however, with a total of ten points it could be a lot worse!
- Liverpool have kept one clean sheet in their last 16 matches in all comps.
- QPR have committed fewer fouls than any other side in the league.
- The Reds have scored in 14 out of their last 15 trips to London clubs.
I asked you for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:
@LFCKirstyLFC Daniel's inury results in a change of prediction. 2-0 to LFC Gerrard penalty and Balotelli.
— Muhammad Usama (@OnlyEmreCan) October 18, 2014
@LFCKirstyLFC #QPR 0 - 2 #LFC Gerrard and Sterling score.
— Pasión Liverpool (@Charly_Red) October 17, 2014
@LFCKirstyLFC 2-0 henderson and mario to scoreI'm hoping Liverpool will as mentioned in the opening paragraph "continue where they left off" on Sunday. To be honest if we can't beat QPR (no offence) then something is evidently very wrong. No Daniel Sturridge is obviously a weakness for the Reds but we should be able to overcome teams like this with or without him in the side.
— simon.. (@skeemo09) October 17, 2014
Brendan has a lot of pressure on him tomorrow I feel in terms of choosing the right team and set up. A lot of fans are beginning to raise concerns over the lack of replacements when Sturridge is out injured and unfortunately they're very right to be concerned. As a Balotelli lover though I'm hoping that with some support he can get off the mark in the league tomorrow, he definitely needs a goal to boost his confidence.
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!
Just on a side note if you were/are wondering why there was no West Brom match report on the blog, I was involved in a minor car crash that Sunday and the driver fled the scene. Luckily me and the fella were fine but we spent a lot of the day dealing with the police and trying to access CCTV from a company near the site and so I didn't get chance to do the report, apologies!
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