Liverpool will take on Queens Park Rangers (QPR) at Anfield on Saturday. Having lost their last game to Hull City, Liverpool's hope to finish in the top four, looks bleak now. Brendan Rodgers and his men in red will be depserate to improve their current run of form as they could only manage to win only one out of their last five games, ahead of their clash at home against relegation threatened QPR on Saturday.
Liverpool's awful run of form were reflected in their last three matches. They lost to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final and in their next Premier League game, they drew with West Bromwich Albion and finally in their last match, they lost to Hull City as well.
"I must stress that the players, like in the game the other night, are giving absolutely everything. It's not a team that's lacking commitment and attitude. You saw from the game the other night they're giving everything in the game, we probably just lacked that bit of belief and confidence in and around vital areas of the field, which in the past the team has shown itself to be very strong in," said Rodgers in an interview to the official website of Liverpool FC.
"I've always said that and I reiterate that. This is a team that will fight right to the very end and now the next game is very, very important for us," added Rodgers.
Meanwhile, Chris Ramsey and his men are being threatened by relegation. QPR just have four matches up their sleeves now and they would be desperate to play their best game in their upcoming matches in order to avoid relegation. They were held by West Ham United in a goal-less draw in their last game.
The statistics does not augur well for QPR as they could only manage to win two out of their last 17 Premier League games and in the rest, they have drawn four and lost 11. But the men in stripes are a grittier side under Ramsey and they could well use Liverpool's morale, which is on the lower side. Records at Anfield speaks well off Liverpool against QPR. They are unbeaten against QPR in their last six meetings at Anfield.
Rodgers is wary of the fact that it will be not be that easy a game against a side who would be raring to play their best football. "It'll be a very, very tough game for us. Chris has gone in there and they're very well organised, they're all working hard, you see in a lot of their recent games they press the ball very high up the field, very much as a unit," said Rodgers.
"So we totally respect them and their fight, but obviously we focus on ourselves, knowing that we're fighting as well to finish as high as we can," added Rodgers.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Skrtel, Can, Lovren, Johnson, Henderson, Gerrard, Allen, Ibe, Coutinho, Sterling.
Queens Park Rangers: Green, Hill, Dunne, Caulker, Onuoha, Fer, Barton, Sandro, Phillips, Zamora, Austin.
Where to Watch Live:
The EPL match is scheduled for 3pm BST (07:30pm IST, 10am ET), starting with live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports 4 HD. Catch the match via live streaming online on Starsports.com.
There is no live TV coverage in UK. But live radio commentarty is available on BBC Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live, while viewers can also watch the match online via live streaming on LFCTV GO. Catch the game live in the US on NBCSN, while the action can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra.
Audience in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the game via live streaming online on Bein Sports Connect. Australia viewers can watch the game on Fox Sports 3 and live stream it on Foxtel Play and Fox Sports 4 Australia.