Kenny Dalglish will have been distraught to have not come away from Loftus Road with all three points in the bag during the week and will be striving to make up for his side’s shortcomings this weekend against lowly Wigan, as Stan James offer long odds on Roberto Martinez’s side taking three points back to the DW Stadium.
That being said, they can’t ask for a much easier opportunity than against 19th place Wigan Athletic who are on a two-match unbeaten run.
The Reds were 2-0 up against Mark Hughes’ QPR but fell behind in the dying minutes thanks to finishes from Shaun Derry, Djibril Cissé and Jamie Mackie.
Sebastian Coates started his scoring record at Liverpool in spectacular fashion with an acrobatic volley that he will find hard to top for the rest of his career.
However, the attacking efforts of the defender weren’t sufficient to earn maximum points for his side and the Uruguayan is likely to make way for Jamie Carragher.
Dalglish could welcome several key figures back into his squad for this weekend’s match with Glen Johnson, Charlie Adam, Daniel Agger and Craig Bellamy all in contention to return from varying periods out with injury.
Martin Kelly picked up a knock at Loftus Road and could also retain a starting spot should he pass a late fitness test and Johnson be deemed unready.
Hugo Rodallega and David Jones might come back into the frame for Wigan, giving Roberto Martinez a boost to his attacking options, although the Columbian may have to settle for a place on the bench after missing last week’s draw with West Brom.
Liverpool have defended impressively at Anfield, conceding an average of just 0.71 goals per game at home this season, and there is no doubt that Daglish will be confident of improving the Red’s goal difference. Nothing less will do for the Anfield faithful in the present climate.
Their attack hasn’t been as reliable though, and Dalglish can admit that his side have real offensive issues if they fail to net against the Latics – the Premier League’s third leakiest defence when performing away from home.
Much will depend on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, who has been the subject of some serious transfer talk this past week, with Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre hoping to increase the Uruguayan’s contract after signing on a four year deal from Ajax last season.