Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Friday December 28 2012
What scoreline has Vital Liverpool predicted in the upcoming match against QPR and why?...
It's been a disappointing Christmas period for Liverpool with two defeats from the last three games and the pressure is on to end the year on a high.
Failure to do so will increase the question marks hanging over both manager and players and would further emphasise the already glaringly obvious need to strengthen when the transfer window opens in a few days time.
Despite their lowly league position Queens Park Rangers provide another difficult fixture with the Londoners improving under their new manager Harry Redknapp and scrapping for every point they can muster.
The Reds will certainly need to improve defensively on the woeful performance against Stoke City last time out but even if they do, scoring goals at the other end remains problematic.
Luis Suarez is often left way too isolated and, despite his obvious talent, cannot be expected to win games single-handily all the time.
His desire to get into the game means drifting wide and dropping deep are regular occurrences which, although understandable and commendable, only serves to further highlight the current lack of support.
The amount of times we have the ball in good areas but without anybody in the box to provide an option is frustratingly commonplace and invariably leads to a sideways or backwards pass which robs to the attack of momentum and impetus.
Reinforcements cannot come quickly enough but in the short term we would like to have seen Steven Gerrard pushed further forward because behind Suarez he offers our biggest goalscoring threat.
Doing so should still leave enough quality in the middle of the park with the likes of Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Nuri Sahin hopefully able to cope without their inspirational skipper's presence in the cut and thrust of the game.
It is almost certain this will not happen now but as long as Liverpool can keep the mercurial Adel Taarabt quiet then another defeat can easily be avoided if everyone does their job correctly.
The Moroccan is QPR's creative hub and the Liverpool midfielders must track him at all times otherwise he has the ability, like Suarez, to win games on his own.
There probably won't be much between the two teams, especially with QPR at home, and we can foresee a tight and tense affair ending in a draw.
Vital Liverpool's prediction: 1-1
Vital Liverpool's line-up (4-3-3)
Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Allen, Sahin, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez.
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Date:Friday December 28 2012
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