Luis Suarez will be fit to face QPR on Sunday as Liverpool look to end 2012 on a high note. Suarez picked up an ankle knock during Liverpool’s 3-1 Boxing Day defeat at the hands of Stoke City, but Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the Uruguayan will be fine for the game at Loftus Road.
After throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 in this fixture last season, the Reds will hope for a better result this time around against a side that is currently bottom of the Premiership.
Apart from Suarez, Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns going into Sunday’s game and after missing the last two matches, Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling will hope to earn recalls at Loftus Road. Sterling replaced Suso at half-time against Stoke and if Sterling starts on Sunday, it is likely to be in Suso’s place once more.
Allen could come in for Lucas Leiva after Rodgers said that the Brazilian midfielder needs to continue being nursed back to full fitness following a long injury lay-off. Lucas has started Liverpool’s last five league games but has yet to complete a full 90 minutes for the Reds since his return from injury.
Since Harry Redknapp took over from Mark Hughes in November, QPR have taken 6 points from a possible 18. Redknapp will be managing his 600th Premier League game on Sunday and he would love to mark it with a win, but Liverpool go into the match as favourites having won three of their last four league meetings against QPR.
The Hoops could be without defender Ryan Nelsen, who has a virus, while goalkeeper Julio Cesar (back), defender Nedum Onuoha (hamstring) and midfielder Park Ji-Sung (knee) are also doubts.
Whatever happens on Sunday, Liverpool will be glad to see the back of a disappointing year. The Reds will end 2012 with their fewest league victories in a calendar year; their previous low was 14 in 2010 and they have only won 11 league games so far this year. Liverpool have also lost 17 league matches in 2012 – three more than in any other year.
A win at Loftus Road would be provide a lift for Rodgers’ side going into the New Year, but with half of the season gone Liverpool will need better form in 2013 if they are to improve on last season’s eighth-place finish.