A big performance is needed from QPR against Liverpool on Sunday, as another defeat could leave manager Harry Redknapp facing the chop.
Bottom of the league after seven games, QPR’s start to the season couldn’t have been any worse. The newly promoted side have suffered defeat, after humiliating defeat.
New signings such as Rio Ferdinand have failed to live up to their hype and pressure is being mounted on boss Harry Redknapp. Now with this Sunday’s game against Liverpool, fans of the club are beginning to question Old ‘Arry’s future.
And rightly so.
QPR have won four points from a possible 21. R’s fans started the season full of hope, but that has quickly been beaten out of them. A stunning statistic emerged this week, which neatly summed up Redknapp’s tenure with the London club. Despite heavy investment during his time with the R’s, ‘Arry has won just five of his thirty two Premier League games in charge of the club.
The R’s start to the season has quite frankly baffled fans of the blub. During the summer, the club invested heavily in defenders with the plan to play three at the back for the upcoming season. Within two games, QPR were back to playing four defenders, and a summer’s worth of planning had gone out the window.
Seven games in, boss Redknapp is claiming his players aren’t fit enough. Fans of the club have been vocal in their displeasure of Redknapp’s tenure this season. Hoping to avoid relegation, QPR need to find victories and fast. The last time Liverpool were beaten by QPR came in 2012 and there’s little to suggest that this feat will be repeated this Sunday despite Liverpool’s own poor form.
Liverpool head into the match having won only one of their last four league games but the news that Sturridge will miss another month has increased the pressure on fellow Red’s striker Mario Balotelli, who since joining Liverpool in the summer has struggled to adapt to Brendan Rodger’s side, something Balotelli admitted himself when he spoke to Skysports earlier in the week.
Emre Can and Joe Allen are also expected to be fit for Sunday’s game and there’s even a suggestion that Raheem Sterling will start this weekend and finally put the English ‘tiredgate’ saga behind him.
Bolstered by their returning players, Liverpool should be a much stronger outfit than a few weeks ago and stronger than QPR by a country mile.
Harry Redknapp has built a reputation as a man who achieves great things with smaller clubs. At the moment, its not happening at Loftus Road. Once known for playing expansive and exciting football, Arry’s team this season have been comical in their play rather than entertaining. If they want to salvage anything from the match, they’ll have to park the bus.
Whether they’ll do so, is a different matter. In an interview earlier today, Redknapp claimed QPR will give Liverpool a hell of a kicking this Sunday. At least his confidence hasn’t been affected by this season’s poor results.
Liverpool’s best performance this year came in August when they defeated Spurs away from home. Since then injuries and poor form have stifled Brendan Rodger’s side. The return of Sturridge and others should see the Reds run QPR off the park. Liverpool are strong favorites for this Sunday and another defeat for QPR could see old loveable ‘Arry given the heave hoe.
QPR 0-2 Liverpool.
Conor Heffernan, Pundit Arena.