ANFIELD awaits as the curtain comes down on QPR’s stay in the Barclays Premier League with a final day trip to in-form Liverpool on Sunday.
Rangers will aim to finish on a high after Newcastle United inflicted a third successive home defeat at Loftus Road last time out.
Loic Remy’s early penalty fired the R's into an early lead before Hatem Ben Arfa levelled the scores with a spot-kick of his own.
The turnaround was complete shortly after as Youan Gouffran profited from an underhit back-pass to slide the Magpies into the lead, who travelled back to Tyneside with maximum points despite goalkeeper Rob Elliot’s late dismissal.
Harry Redknapp will be hoping to cure Rangers' fortunes on the road, where they’ve failed to net in their last two outings.
By contrast, Sunday’s hosts are finishing the campaign with a flurry after Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Fulham extended their unbeaten run to seven games.
The Reds came from behind at Craven Cottage as Daniel Sturridge’s hat-trick cemented seventh spot for the Merseysiders.
Liverpool’s recent success extends to their home form, looking to stretch a six-game unbeaten run at Anfield on the same day Jamie Carragher marks his retirement from the game.
Redknapp has no fresh injury worries for the trip to Liverpool but Adel Taarabt is doubtful after returning to Morocco for personal reasons.
Meanwhile, the Reds remain without influential duo Steven Gerrard (shoulder) and Luis Suarez (suspended) for the season finale.
LIVERPOOL – Likely line-up (4-4-1-1): Reina; Johnson, Coates, Carragher, Enrique; Shelvey, Henderson, Lucas, Downing; Coutinho; Sturridge.
Star Man … Daniel STURRIDGE
Daniel Sturridge has been a revelation since arriving from Chelsea, repaying the Reds with 11 goals in 12 starts since his £12million move in January.
The former Manchester City youngster has more than filled the void left by strike duo Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, leading the front line with devastating effect in recent weeks.
The 23-year-old proved the Reds match-winner last time out, netting all three goals in victory at Fulham.
Sturridge has bagged six goals in his last four outings, form which has this week earned the striker a recall to the England side.
The Pre-Match Talk
R’s boss, Harry Redknapp:
“The hard work really starts this summer. We will try to clear the decks and get some fresh blood in as well.
“We need changes, for sure. This team wasn't good enough so we need to make changes and improve the squad so we're ready [for the Championship].
“It's a big summer for this football club, it really is.
“People talk about a lack of effort but I feel it's more down to a lack of quality."
Reds midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey:
“The manager has always said the season ends when the last game finishes so we are very professional in that manner.
“He won’t let us slack off so I’m sure that he will be on our toes until that last ball is kicked and that final whistle is blown.
“We go out to win every game but with it being at Anfield it is extra special.
“We want to give Carra [Jamie Carragher] and our fans a good send-off for the summer.”
Match Odds with Bet Victor
Liverpool win: 2/9
QPR win: 12/1
Last League Meeting
QPR 0, Liverpool 3 – Barclays Premier League – Sunday 30th December 2012
Scorers – Liverpool: Luis Suarez (2), Daniel Agger
Referee: M Atkinson
Assistants: P Kirkup & S Burt
Fourth Official: R Madley
Whether you’re at Anfield or not this weekend, Rangers fans across the globe can enjoy a whole of host of exclusive content – both before and after Sunday’s clash with the Reds – on QPR Player.
Coverage will include our Matchday Radio Show, live commentary, extended highlights, the manager’s post-match press conference and much, much more.
Premier League – Weekend Fixtures
Kick-offs 4pm unless stated
Sunday 19th May
Chelsea v Everton
Liverpool v QPR
Manchester City v Norwich City
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Southampton v Stoke City
Swansea City v Fulham
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
West Ham United v Reading
Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa