John Aldridge explains importance of Liverpool's trip to QPR

Aldridge highlights the need for the Reds to go into the clash with Real Madrid with confidence, and hopes the returning Daniel Sturridge can play a starring role.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has stressed the importance of Sunday's trip to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Reds didn't have the best run of form in September but managed to sign off before the international break with a win over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

Now the Reds face a big part of their season with several winnable matches in the league coming up, along with two crucnh clashes with Real Madrid in the Champions League, and a League Cup tie against Swansea City.

In his Liverpool Echo column, the Reds legend wrote: "QPR have had a bad start to the campaign and we need to ensure that continues.

"However, with the way we’ve been defending lately we’ll probably need to score three goals to win.

"We need to go into that big game against Real Madrid with confidence."

Aldridge also highlighted the return of the injured trio in Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Emre Can potentially having a big effect on the Reds side in the coming weeks, in particular Sturridge, who has been highlighted as a big loss by manager Brendan Rodgers.

"His return from injury would be a massive boost as we’ve really missed him over the past five weeks.

"It gives the manager great options as he can play Mario Balotelli just behind Sturridge with possibly Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling on the flanks.

"With Joe Allen and Emre Can also close to full fitness, Brendan Rodgers would also have the option of playing Steven Gerrard further forward in midfield."

More options for Liverpool should make them more of a threat, though at the back they still have issues - which have been further complicated by Dejan Lovren sustaining an abdominal injury on international duty.

Nevertheless, more options going forward should give Liverpool more potency in attack, as there has been a distinct lack of cutting edge from the Reds at times in recent weeks.

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