Premier League preview: Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers

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  • Liverpool hold commanding 34W-8D-8L record in series
  • Reds won 3-2 at Loftus Road in October
  • QPR’s last Anfield win came in 1991

Two sides chasing unlikely scenarios meet at Anfield on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Liverpool’s top four hopes have been all-but-dashed by Tuesday’s loss to Hull City, while QPR sits four points away from Premier League safety with four matches to play in the season.

The Reds are certainly the more talented side, but how plucky will they be feeling knowing an undefeated finish would still require a Top Four rival to basically lose out? Daniel Sturridge remains out for Liverpool, and is off to Boston to explore whether hip surgery is a good choice for his rehabilitation.

Leroy Fer is set to enter the fray for QPR, which could be without Bobby Zamora (who has been playing through pain).

What they’re saying

Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe on progressing as a player: “You could see how well everything was going when I first came back and we won three or four games on the bounce but now we’re going through a difficult spell. But it’s great for me to go through this and hopefully we can get out of this stage.”

QPR boss Chris Ramsey on the team’s survival mindset“The mood’s been fantastic. They were a bit deflated after the weekend but the likes of Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Richard Dunne have been making sure nobody’s chin is too low to the ground. We do believe we can stay up. We know it’s going to be a very difficult task but everybody is up for it.”

Prediction

It’s hard one to call, really. If this were JPW’s PL picks, I’d peg this one under “Don’t touch this”.  QPR’s a grittier side under Chris Ramsey, and the absence of Harry Redknapp’s bluster would seem to be helping, but moral victories count for little any more. Anfield will be the deciding factor, though, at least in my prediction. Liverpool, 3-2.