Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his players will produce the right response at QPR on Sunday.

The Reds boss criticised his players for the "soft" nature of their 3-1 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day, but he stressed that would be forgotten about when they went out on to the Loftus Road pitch at the weekend.

"The glass is half-full - I'm always optimistic," he said. "Our game the other night was very disappointing in terms of the result. It's really frustrating but I remain always optimistic because of the honesty of the group and the players. It (QPR) is a game in which I'm confident the players will react."

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