October 17, 2014

Queens Park Rangers have endured a poor start to the season, and the pressure is mounting on manager Harry Redknapp ahead of Sunday's home match against Liverpool.

Rangers (1-1-5) have taken only one point from their last three matches and went into the international break propping up the Premier League table having taken just four points from seven matches while recording a dismal minus-11 goal difference.

QPR midfielder Leroy Fer expects a tough match versus Liverpool but believes with the support of home fans, the Hoops can get a result against the Merseysiders at Loftus Road.

"For me, this is the right moment to play against one of the big teams at home," Netherlands international Fer told his club's official website. "We will have the fans behind us. Our home form has been good – a win, a draw and a loss - and we have to keep that home form going now and bring it into Sunday's game."

"We are bottom of the league, and we want to get away from there. The feeling in the dressing room is that we know we have a strong group but we have to work harder and we need to keep the ball better. The character of everyone is important now. When you are in the bottom three it can be hard to get out of there, and this is where the big players in the group must step up."

Liverpool (3-1-3) beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Anfield on Oct. 4 on goals from Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson after taking just one point from their previous three matches. Brendan Rodgers' side are in ninth place on 10 points as they continue to adjust to a bigger slate of matches that includes Champions League play.

The Reds, who finished runners-up in the Premier League last season just two points adrift of champions Manchester City, made a disappointing start to current campaign after spending heavily in the summer transfer window following the departure of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

One high-profile signing, Italy striker Mario Balotelli, has made a slow start to his Anfield career and scored just one goal in seven appearances since his transfer from AC Milan.

Another summer recruit, forward Rickie Lambert - who was signed from Southampton, has yet to find the back of the net for Liverpool.

However, England striker Lambert remains determined to open his account for his new club and help them climb the table.

"Obviously we would have liked to have started better and won more points," Lambert told his club's official website. "Now we have a chance to try to push ourselves right up the league. That starts on Sunday against QPR. We've got to start looking to take three points now from each and every game.

"I've missed a few chances, which I look back on and I know I should have scored. But I try not to beat myself up too much. I might have done that in the past a little bit too much. It's not too far away, the first goal. Whenever that comes and whatever way it comes, it's going to push my confidence even higher."

Rangers will be without midfield duo Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch, who remain sidelined with hamstring injuries.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is expected to return after more than six weeks out with a thigh problem.

The Reds have won nine of the 12 all-time Premier League meetings with QPR, losing twice and drawing just once. Both defeats came at Loftus Road, 2-1 in 1994 and 3-2 in 2012.

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