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Match Preview: Liverpool v. QPR, 05.19.13

Liverpool host relegated QPR in the final match of the Premier League season and Jamie Carragher's career.

Paul Gilham

Almost there--in a little over 24 hours we'll start the process of looking forward in full, and all that separates us from the summer is a fixture with already-relegated QPR, which'll also allow for us to celebrate the career of Jamie Carragher. It's likely to be an emotional affair, and hopefully one that sends the man off in proper fashion with a win. Or a 0-0 or *requisite own goal joke lol jkjk*.

For QPR:

  • The great escape just never came for honorable gentleman and excellent manager Harry Redknapp, who arrived in optimistic fashion but then managed to throw his highly-payed squad under the bus as they continually underperformed. It'd be unfair to say that it was enjoyable to see them relegated, because it was very enjoyable to see them relegated.
  • Shaun Maloney's late free kick at Loftus Road pretty much put any resurrection hopes to bed, dipping it over the wall from 20 yards out after Stephane MBia bowled him over. It'd have been a long shot for QPR prior to that point, but the two dropped points were critical. Of course, the two consecutive losses prior to that point probably didn't help either.
  • Those losses kicked off a winless streak that's run to today; they'd earned consecutive wins over Southampton and Sunderland, but have only scraped together a draw here and there since early March.
  • Striker Loic Remy's been among their few bright spots since arriving in January, but his future's in doubt after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault earlier this week. That hasn't ruled him out for tomorrow, though, because what in the actual fuck why not? Adel Taraabt, Shaun Wright-Phillips, and DJ Campbell are all ruled out, though.
  • QPR haven't won a match at Anfield since 1991 and have only earned one other point in six top-flight visits since that time.

For Liverpool:

  • Saying that it's Jamie Carragher's final match in a Liverpool shirt seems a little strange, but he'll lead the club out tomorrow. They'll be without Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger, and likely Martin Kelly through injury, and Luis Suarez is in the fourth match of his quarantine.
  • There's every chance that Brendan Rodgers opts to mix things up again; I'd doubt we see the 3-5-2 again, but I think Sebastian Coates earned another appearance with a solid display against Fulham. Likewise for Andre Wisdom, who should start ahead of a tired and out of form Glen Johnson.
  • I'd like time for Jonjo Shelvey again as well, and a start for Suso would be welcomed in place of Stewart Downing. The young Spaniard never overwhelmed on the right, but it's not like stuff actually matters at this point and his hair is too impressive to continually ignore.
  • The continued link-up between Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge should have a chance to flourish against a shaky QPR back line, and if Jordan Henderson involves himself again from the midfield it's likely to be a very open match.
Like every other match on the calendar, kickoff for this one is set for 4:00PM GMT/11:00AM EST. And like last weekend, unfortunately, there's no live viewing options available, with a delayed viewing on Fox Soccer Channel at 6:30PM EST the only US listing. We'll have the team sheets and any other ways to follow listed in the matchday thread, though, and hopefully you'll be around to keep us company as we close out the sixth season of the Liverpool Offside as we (sort of) know it.

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