Mbia targets late Xmas present against Liverpool

QPR’s Stephane Mbia says the time has come to give “something back” to the fans and staff by moving up the Premier League, starting with a win against Liverpool tomorrow.

The Hoops have endured a difficult Christmas period so far with back-to-back defeats against Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion leaving them bottom of the table.

But the 26-year-old believes the players need to give those connected with the club something to be proud of again.

“I definitely think we can stay up, 100 per cent,” said the former Marseille defender. “We have got the players, we have the ability and we have the passion to get out of trouble.

“We not only want to do it for ourselves, the manager and the fans but we want to do it for all the staff at the club - the medical staff, the groundstaff, the cooks, everybody.


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“They do a lot for us and it is time we gave something back to them. I want to assure them we are going to give 100 per cent for them.

“We need to make sure we do it. But I am very confident.”

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Tomorrow’s opponents Liverpool have had a mixed festive period, having thrashed Fulham 4-0 but then getting outgunned 3-1 by Stoke on Boxing Day.

Last season’s corresponding fixture at Loftus Road against the Reds in March saw Rangers win 3-2, a result which ended a seven-game winless run and kick-started their bid to avoid relegation.

Mbia was not at the club then but is confident of a similar result against the Merseysiders, saying: “If we pull ourselves together I know we can go out there and win.

“It would be a massive win but at this stage of the season I think we can do it.”

Although Mbia concedes that the Reds will be a “tough game”, he does believe the confidence that has returned under Redknapp can help QPR beat a side ten places above them.

“The gaffer gives us so much confidence, he uses so many different words, I know we can do it,” added Mbia.

“We might be down [after losing to West Bromwich Albion] but the manager knows how to get us up.

“We will come out fighting against Liverpool and for the rest of the season.”

The Hoops must bounce back from a controversial 2-1 loss at home against the Baggies on Boxing Day where Mbia questioned two key decisions that went against the R’s.

There was controversy over whether West Brom’s second goal should have stood and QPR had a penalty claim for handball turned down in the dying moments.

“When you are the referee it is difficult in those situations to give the foul,” Mbia said.

“I believe it was a foul and we also should have had a penalty for handball from my header.

“I headed the ball against his hand on purpose because I knew we could get a penalty. It was a clear penalty.

“I am very disappointed because that is a game we should have won. We had so many chances and we didn’t take them.”

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