Liverpool v OPR
Barclays Premier League;
Saturday 10th December
Kenny Dalglish is left with few options for the centre of midfield, as Jay Spearing begins a three-match suspension after his red card against Fulham. Steven Gerrard hasn’t fullyrecovered from an ankle infection so Jordan Henderson is expected to start in his favoured central position.
Jonjo Shelvey has impressed in reserves and training after being recalled from a loan spell at Blackpool and is pushing to be involved at some point.
Matt Connolly is in line for a recall for QPR and DJ Campbell and Kieron Dyer have both returned to first-team training.
Radek Cerny is expected to continue to deputise in goal, with Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy both still unavailable
Dalglish insists Red are focused
Kenny Dalglish insists his Liverpool side will not be affected by off-field issues when they meet QPR on Saturday.
The Anfield side have been handed two charges by the FA with regards to incidents that occurred within the Reds’ shock loss to Fulham on Monday night.
One charge relates to Jay Spearing’s red card and the other is over an alleged offensive gesture toward the crowd from striker Luiz Suarez.
“It has only distracted me because I've got to answer questions about it,” said Dalglish.
“It is a distraction which has to be covered but it should never take precedence over what we are trying to do on the pitch and the training ground.
“We will do what we always do and that is our best, as well as we can, and see if we can get a bit of luck going our way.”
The Scot also felt that the loss would not be affecting his players too deeply, as they had not played badly in defeat.
“I think it is worse to pick them up when they are rubbish and you can never accuse them of that," he added.
“Defeat is never pleasant but we set our standards higher than that so it won't be difficult to pick them up.
“The only reason you wouldn't back your players was if they were continually producing performances like the one at Tottenham.”
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