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QPR came from two goals down beat Liverpool 3-2 last season
The days when Queens Park Rangers were Liverpool’s nearest challengers for the English championship are long, long gone but Sunday’s game still has enormous relevance for both clubs.
In 1976, QPR sat on top of the table after their final game of the season, but Liverpool’s win at Wolves ensured the trophy went to Anfield.
Things have changed at both clubs since those halcyon days, though.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp knew keeping the team in the top flight would be one of the biggest challenges of his career, but successive defeats to Newcastle and West Brom have further dented his hopes.
Rangers failed to gel under former boss Mark Hughes, who was sacked last month, and registered just four points from 12 league games.
It was scant reward after QPR spent big on players such as goalkeeper Julio Cesar, defender Jose Bosingwa, midfielders Esteban Granero, Park Ji-Sung and Stephane Mbia, and strikers Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora to establish themselves in the top flight.
Under Redknapp there has been an improvement and he appeared to have stopped the rot with two draws and a win in his opening three matches in charge.
But defeats to Newcastle and West Brom in Rangers’ last two outings have left the team six points from safety.
Liverpool has endured an inconsistent campaign in Rodgers’ first season in charge.
The Reds have impressed only in spurts and recent defeats to Stoke and Aston Villa have left the team in mid-table.
The two teams have met 42 times before in the league with Liverpool holding the significant upper hand with 29 wins to Rangers’ seven.
When the teams met at Loftus Road last season, Liverpool allowed a two-goal lead to slip as Rangers rallied to aid their Premier League survival hopes with a 3-2 win.