Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish admits he has been impressed with Queens Park Rangers as he prepares to tackle them at Anfield this weekend.
The Loftus Road outfit currently sits in 12th spot in the table in their first season back in the Premier League after winning the Championship last term.
Dalglish is expecting a tough test against Neil Warnock's side on Saturday as Liverpool look to bounce back from Monday's defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
"I think the three (promoted) sides have done very well," said Dalglish.
"QPR played well against Man City at Loftus Road and were unlucky not to win, so if they can do well against the team at the top of the league I'm sure they will be looking to do well when they come here. All we can do is compete against them as best as we possibly can.
"They got off to a bad start at home and lost the first game 4-0 (against Bolton). Then they got a new owner, Neil got a couple of quid to spend and spent it well, so that's helped to improve them."
Meanwhile, Dalglish has backed Jonjo Shelvey to push for a place in the side after being recalled from a successful loan spell at Blackpool to cover for the injured Lucas.
"We brought him back from Blackpool, where he had a couple of fantastic games," added Dalglish. "He played in the reserves on Tuesday for an hour and scored a couple.
"We know what Jonjo is all about and it was a good experience for him going to Blackpool.
"If we get everybody back fit and from suspension then it may be the case he goes back out again, but whilst he's here we know what he can do and he can make a contribution as he did last year in a lot of the games he came on in."