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Wednesday 15 August 2018

QPR's Cisse primed to make 'Pool pay

QPR manager Mark Hughes was expecting an "extra spark" from Djibril Cisse as the striker vowed to show "no mercy" in tonight's Premier League game against Liverpool.

This evening sees Cisse take on the club which jettisoned him in 2006 despite him having helped them win the Champions League and FA Cup.

Hughes said: "Every player when they go up against their former clubs wants to make a good impression.

"Maybe we might gain from a little bit of an extra edge to his general play. Given that it's Liverpool and one of the top clubs in the Premier League there'll be an extra spark from Djib."

Cisse said: "It's a special club for me but, for an hour and a half, there is no mercy.

"When the whistle blows, that feeling will disappear."

He added of his Anfield exile, which came at the hands of then manager Rafael Benitez: "It was difficult to leave because it wasn't my decision.

"Rafael Benitez told me, 'You're not in my plans', so I had to leave.

"I was really sad but that's the way it was and I have to accept it."

Cisse has motivation enough, with Rangers looking to end a run of seven matches without a win and haul themselves out of the bottom three.

"All the games are finals for us, and we have to win," he said.

"If you want to stay up, you have to win games."

QPR's biggest advantage over their relegation rivals is arguably their goal threat following the January arrivals of Cisse and Bobby Zamora.

Hughes said: "We've got to exploit the qualities that they have. "On occasions, we haven't done it to the best effect we can."

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