Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Saturday December 29 2012
The Reds face another difficult away trip on Sunday, this time to Loftus Road, but thankfully star player Luis Suarez will be fit...
Brendan Rodgers takes his Liverpool side to Queens Park Rangers tomorrow afternoon and will do so boosted by the news that Luis Suarez is available.
The Uruguayan has been nursing an ankle injury of late and could be seen visibly hobbling for long periods of the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Stoke City.
Thankfully Suarez is set to play on despite the issue and Rodgers confirmed the news at yesterday's pre-match press conference.
"Luis will be fine. He's a real robust player and is very rarely in the treatment room," said Rodgers to reporters.
"He's been playing with a bad ankle for a couple of weeks and took a heavy knock the other night, but he's fine."
There could again be recalls to the starting eleven for regulars Raheem Sterling, who signed a new long-term contract recently, and midfielder Joe Allen after both were confined to the bench for the last two fixtures.
Sterling came on at half time against Stoke and despite having little impact is likely to figure from the off this weekend in an attempt to expose the Hoops' inconsistent rearguard.
Allen has an ongoing pelvis problem but is available for selection and could return to allow Lucas Leiva a rest as the Brazilian continues his progress towards optimum match fitness following a serious thigh injury.
Other midfield options to allow Lucas a breather are Nuri Sahin and Jordan Henderson.
Elsewhere Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi has recovered from a knee problem although he would be a surprise selection especially given he will soon leave for African Cup of Nations duty.
Therefore only striker Fabio Borini (broken foot) and defender Martin Kelly (cruciate ligament) remain sidelined although the former is getting ever closer to a return and should be back during January.
Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Downing, Sterling, Suarez.
As for the hosts, experienced defender Ryan Nelsen has a virus and is a doubt as are goalkeeper Julio Cesar (back), full-back Nedum Onuoha (hamstring) and midfielder Park Ji-Sung (knee).
Definitely absent are English striking duo Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson (cruciate ligament) although Zamora could be back, ahead of schedule, next month following a period out with a hip problem.
Green, Traore, Ferdinand, Hill, Fabio, Taarabt, Granero, Diakite, Wright-Phillips, Cisse, Mackie.
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Date:Saturday December 29 2012
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