Liverpool face Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2012/13 Premier League season, with the relegated visitors desperate to claw back some pride and the hosts hoping to send Jamie Carragher into retirement in style.

The reverse fixture, at Loftus Road, finished 3-0 in favour of the Anfield club, with Uruguay international Luis Suarez scoring a brace. The former Ajax striker is unavailable for this game, as he serves a suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Jamie Carragher

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 4pm BST. Catch highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.25pm BST.


Liverpool beat Fulham 3-1 last weekend, with a superb hat-trick from England international Daniel Sturridge overturning Dimitar Berbatov's opener. The 23-year-old ex-Chelsea forward is a January signing at Anfield and has benefitted from regular first team football, something he couldn't get at Stamford Bridge.

In addition, having to play as the lead striker, in the absence of Suarez, seems to have boosted the youngster's confidence. England coach Roy Hodgson will be hoping Sturridge can continue this form and present him with a welcome selection headache when time comes to pick squads for qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup; the national team faces Moldova in September.

Sturridge's form aside, Liverpool will have to be content with a seventh place finish in the Premier League this season. Everton sit five points above their Merseyside rivals with only this round of matches left in the calendar.

Overall, Liverpool are actually in good form coming into this game. They've won only two of the last five but have not lost since Southampton's surprising 3-1 win at St Mary's. Granted the run of seven games has seen more draws than wins but the fact the club have conceded only four goals in that time will please Brendan Rodgers.

Veteran Jamie Carragher will retire from professional football when the referee blows his final whistle. The 35-year-old, who has over 700 appearances for the club, has been the mainstay of the club's defensive ranks for well over a decade and he will be missed, badly, next season.

Meanwhile, QPR and Harry Redknapp seem destined to have a controversial exit from the Premier League. The London club have already been relegated and their season was thrown into more chaos after star striker Loïc Remy was charged with rape. The Frenchman will be available for this game but expect him to move on in the summer, with Arsenal a possible destination.

In any case, the fact QPR have not won since early March, when they beat Sunderland 3-1 at home, should provide an indication of the result of this match. Redknapp has suffered four defeats in the last five games and will bring an utterly demoralised and fed-up side to this game. They were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United in their last game.

Easy pickings for Rodgers and co, we think.

Julio Cesar

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W D D
  • Last Result: Fulham 1 - 3 Liverpool

Queens Park Rangers

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L D L L
  • Last Result: Queens Park Rangers 1 - 2 Newcastle United

Team News

Daniel Sturridge

Spaniard Jose Enrique could return to his left-back role, replacing youngster Andre Wisdom. Slovakian international Martin Skrtel (illness) is a doubt but Dane Daniel Agger and South American Sebastian Coates are both available. As is, of course, Carragher. Expect the veteran to start and maybe Coates alongside him, as Rodgers looks to give his fringe players some game time.

Lucas Leiva continues to impress as he recovers from a long-term injury lay-off and will start, probably with Jordan Hendeson and Jonjo Shelvey alongside. Up front, Fabio Borini, Philippe Coutinho and Sturridge pick themselves.

Probable Line-Up: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique; Henderson, Lucas, Shelvey; Borini, Coutinho; Sturridge

Former Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwa's highly controversial spell with the club is likely over and he will probably move on in the summer, assuming the Hoops can find someone to pay his exorbitant wages. A number of other players will be shifted too, as the club prepares for life in the Championship. Among these is former Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who may move to Arsenal.

From an injury perspective, Cesar (back) is a doubt but defender Christopher Samba (knee) could return.

Probable Line-Up: Green; Fabio, Samba, Hill, Traore; Townsend, Jenas, Mbia, Hoilett; Zamora, Mackie