Bring it on! Warnock relishing prospect of facing Liverpool and Man United

Many Barclays Premier League managers would be apprehensive if their next two games were away at Liverpool and at home to Manchester United. Not Neil Warnock.

The QPR boss is salivating at the thought of playing at Anfield and facing the champions and insists his team will try and win both games.

Rangers’ recent performances have largely been good and they deserved to beat West Bromwich on Saturday, but all they had to show for their endeavours was a first-half Heidar Helguson header and Shane Long equalised with nine minutes to go and the game finished 1-1.

On a roll: QPR played well against West Brom despite being held to a draw

On a roll: QPR played well against West Brom despite being held to a draw

 

An upbeat Warnock said: ‘Games like that are the reason we’re delighted to be in the Premier League. They don’t come much tougher than Liverpool who are absolutely flying at the moment, probably the form team. Anfield away.

'And then Man United away who are the champions. I just think it’s exciting, it’s what I’m in the game for and the fans are and the club. I’m just looking forward to these games so much. We will try and get results in both games because that’s how we are.’

One reason for Warnock’s optimism is the form of central midfield pairing Alejandro Faurlin and Joey Barton.

Warnock seemed to have a go at Faurlin straight after the game for allowing James Morrison to get away from him in the move leading up to West Bromwich’s goal but by the time he spoke to the daily press he had calmed down and said: ‘I think he’s a brilliant player and I couldn’t fault him today.

Premier ambition: Neil Warnock is looking forward to playing the big boys

Premier ambition: Neil Warnock is looking forward to playing the big boys

'I was a bit disappointed with the (West Brom) goal but I thought him and Barton were brilliant, I thought they ran the show.

'I wouldn’t swap them for anyone.'

The midfield duo have been consistently good but Warnock has been critical of his central defenders, in particular Anton Ferdinand.

The former West Ham and Sunderland star has been distracted by the John Terry race row, while partner Danny Gabbidon has been out-of-form.

However, Warnock was pleased with his centre halves on Saturday, saying: ‘If they’d have been all right in the last few weeks we’d have got another six points against Man City and Norwich.

'It was good to see them back on song today. They’ve worked hard this week and I hope their form continues because we’ll need them in the next few weeks.'

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