To give Liverpool a game, QPR must not play Harry's way - Merson

Paul Merson believes Queens Park Rangers must be set up to play ten men behind the ball, in order to get their confidence back.

If Queens Park Rangers are to pick themselves up from the bottom of the Premier League table, then manager Harry Redknapp must adhere to an alternative footballing strategy - one which he is unaccustomed to.

That is because QPR need confidence, asserts two-time title winner Paul Merson, and if Redknapp sets his team up to attack their opponents on Sunday, October 19 then they may feasibly lose the game.

Instead, Queens Park Rangers should put ten men behind the ball against Liverpool at Loftus Road. For one game only, Redknapp should not attempt to oversee a team that "plays expansive football" and goes out to entertain.

Merson has more for Sky Sports. He said: "At the moment this QPR team need to play 10 behind the ball. It’s not Harry’s way, and rightly so, but I just think their players need a bit more confidence.

"They will give Liverpool a game, but I can’t see them winning," he said. "If you look at Liverpool this season, the best game they’ve played was against Tottenham when they were outstanding. Who played in that game? Daniel Sturridge. He hasn’t played in any games since and I think that’s been the problem.

"If you take Sturridge out now Suarez has gone then you’re going to struggle. If Real Madrid took Ronaldo and Bale out of their team they wouldn’t be the same team. I just think it’s caught up with them and when Sturridge comes back they will be a real force again."

Merson tips Liverpool to triumph 2-1 over QPR.

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