Liverpool v QPR preview

Striker Mario Balotelli is ruled out with a foot injury sustained in Tuesday’s defeat at Hull while defender Jon Flanagan is sidelined for at least six months after undergoing another knee operation.

Centre-back Mamadou Sakho is still missing with a hamstring problem while fellow defender Alberto Moreno is expected to have recovered from the knock which kept him out of Tuesday’s game.

QPR will make a late decision on whether to risk Bobby Zamora for Saturday’s visit to Liverpool but Leroy Fer is expected to return to the starting line-up.??

Zamora is hoping to rid himself of a long-standing hip problem for the trip to Anfield while Fer, who came off the bench against West Ham last weekend, is fit again after recovering from a knee injury.

Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to feature despite returning to training this week while Eduardo Vargas and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) remain sidelined.