Liverpool-Queens Park Rangers Preview
LONDON (SE) - Queens Park Rangers will be looking to move off the foot of the table Sunday when they play their last game of 2012 against Liverpool at Loftus Road.
Rangers (1-7-11) have lost both of their Christmas fixtures ahead of this game, and manager Harry Redknapp is hopeful of strengthening his squad in the upcoming January transfer window.
"If we can get one or two in, we'll give ourselves a chance, that's what I'm looking at," Redknapp said. "If I can't bring in people who I think can do the job for us, then I won't bother. There's no point signing players for the sake of it. I've got to sign people in the right positions who can help us. If we can't do that, we may as well sit tight and see what happens.
"I can't look to get rid of anyone - I had to pull in a kid who had been on loan at Yeovil on the bench against West Brom. We're certainly not over-loaded. Out of the 25 we have long-term injuries. I won't shift people out unless I get some in."
A 4-0 win against Fulham just before Christmas offered some festive cheer for Sunday's visitors Liverpool (6-7-7), but that result was sandwiched between two disappointing 3-1 defeats against Aston Villa and Stoke. Speaking after the loss at the Britannia Stadium, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed his disappointment with the performance.
"If you are going to affect the top of the league, which is what we want to do in years to come, you have to have more steel than that," he noted. "Every game is learning. We learned after the Villa performance and responded well against Fulham and I am sure we will get a reaction on Sunday. But we want to be more consistent. We can't be reacting all the time.
"We are all disappointed with the Stoke defeat but we'll regroup for the weekend. It will be a difficult game against QPR, who are fighting for their lives, but it is never an easy ground to go to. They will want to react after losing on Boxing Day but my only concentration is on ourselves."
QPR have doubts over Ryan Nelsen (illness), Nedum Onuoha (hamstring), Jose Bosingwa (back) and Ji-Sung Park (knee), while Bobby Zamora (thigh) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are out. Luis Suarez (ankle) is a slight doubt for Liverpool, but Fabio Borini (ankle) and Martin Kelly (knee) are definitely out.
Rangers have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League (16) and have the worst home record in the division - picking up just seven points from nine games.
Liverpool have conceded eight goals in their last three away matches combined. The Reds have attempted more shots (341) than any other team in the top-flight, but have hit the target just 107 times - a tally six teams have bettered. Jonjo Shelvey's 27 attempts on goal is the most by any Premier League player yet to score.
Late goals by Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie rallied QPR by Liverpool 3-2 in this fixture last season. That was the first time that Liverpool had visited Loftus Road since 1996, but the Reds did beat Rangers 1-0 at Anfield last December.