Liverpool v QPR preview

Central midfield is once again a concern for Reds manager Kenny

Dalglish. Jay Spearing, who was expected to provide the long-term

replacement for Lucas Leiva after the Brazilian’s season was ended

by a cruciate knee ligament, begins a three-match ban after his red

card at Fulham on Monday. Captain Steven Gerrard is still

recovering from an ankle infection so Jordan Henderson could start

in his favoured central position, although the in-form Jonjo

Shelvey has continued to impress following his recall from a loan

spell at Blackpool. QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt will undergo a

fitness test before the game. Taarabt has a thigh strain and is a

doubt for the trip. Matt Connolly (ankle), Kieron Dyer (foot) and

DJ Campbell (foot) returned to training this week and have an

outside chance of being involved. Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson,

Agger, Skrtel, Enrique, Kuyt, Adam, Henderson, Downing, Suarez,

Bellamy, Doni, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Shelvey, Coady, Rodriguez,

Carroll. QPR (from): Cerny, Putnins, Hall, Gabbidon, Taarabt,

Traore, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Barton, Orr, Buzsaky, Young, Smith,

Helguson, Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand, Puncheon.