UK time is: 10:54:34
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Liverpool vs. Reading

Anfield

20th October 2012

3.00pm KO

Liverpool (A) Match Preview

After a two week international break, it is back to Premier League football for Liverpool and Reading as both of the sides face off at Anfield tomorrow. Brendan Rodgers faces his former side as he looks for his first home win as the Reds boss, while his opposite number Brian McDermott is still looking for Reading's first win.

Vital Quotes:

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers - 'I learnt many things in that six months that allowed me to go on and hopefully carve out a career for many years in the game. Brian McDermott came in and done exceptionally well. He's got them promoted and they were outstanding particularly in the second half of last season to go on and win the league. When you come up, it is very, very difficult. You come up against better quality players who can really hurt you, but I'm sure they'll do very, very well. They're a wonderful club.'

Reading boss Brian McDermott - 'Anywhere we go, we're confident that we can put on a performance. That's what we're looking to do on Saturday - we'll go there and compete to the top of our game. We haven't played for a while so we're really looking forward to a run of games and getting our season going. We'll prepare as we always do - on the front foot. We know that they've got some terrific players - they've got their threats but so have we.'

Liverpool Team News:

Liverpool have a few injury problems ahead of this game, with the main concern being goalkeeper Pepe Reina who picked up a knock on international duty. Striker Fabio Borini has been ruled out for three months so will not play, along with Lucas Leiva who is a long-term injury worry.

Player to watch: Raheem Sterling

The 17-year old has done superbly since being promoted to the Liverpool first team, becoming one of the first names on the teamsheet. Shaun Cummings will have to be about his wits to contain the exciting prospect.

Reading Team News:

Reading will do a late fitness test on midfielder Mikele Leigertwood, who suffered a dead leg against Newcastle three weeks ago. There are so injury doubts over striker Noel Hunt, who is struggling with a heel problem. Defender Adrian Mariappa should be fit after suffering a rib injury while on international duty with Jamaica.

Player to watch: Jobi McAnuff

The Reading captain was key in the momentous victory over Liverpool three years ago and will want to repeat those heroics. Jobi is starting to find some form after a slow start to the season. Could hopefully take advantage of Andre Wisdom's inexperience at this level.

Expected line-ups:

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Sahin, Sterling, Suarez, Suso

Reading: McCarthy, Cummings, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey, Kebe, Leigertwood, Karacan, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre

Ref Watch:

The referee for the game will be Roger East, who took charge of Reading's only win this season against QPR in the Capital One Cup.

Match Prediction:

The pressure is growing on Brendan Rodgers to achieve his first home win and it may seem inevitble it will come tomorrow. I think it won't be a whitewash as Mark Lawrenson is bound to have already predicted, but we will give a good account of ourselves. 1-0 loss.

Next Fixtures:

Liverpool - Everton (A) - Sun 28th October - Premier League

Reading - Fulham (H) - Sat 27th October - Premier League




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Josh  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 19 2012

Time: 5:00PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Under 21s win the cup! (Sunday April 20 2014)

Stats: Wigan v Reading (Saturday April 19 2014)

Key man watch: Shaun Maloney (Friday April 18 2014)

The Opposition View - Wigan (Thursday April 17 2014)

Team news: Wigan vs Reading (Thursday April 17 2014)

Midfielder frustrated with red return (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Q.P.R. 43 21 10 12 14 73
5. Wigan 42 20 10 12 17 70
6. Brighton 43 17 14 12 12 65
7. Reading 43 17 13 13 10 64
8. Ipswich 43 17 13 13 6 64
9. Forest 43 15 17 11 5 62
10. Bournemouth 43 17 11 15 -1 62

Breaking League News

Preview QPR v Watford
Watford : 21/04/2014 10:34:00
Burnley v Latics - Big Game Preview
Wigan : 21/04/2014 10:11:00
Match Officials: Yeovil vs Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield : 21/04/2014 10:03:00
Team news: Reading vs Middlesbrough
Reading : 21/04/2014 10:00:00
Rovers dabble with the last chance saloon
Blackburn : 21/04/2014 09:52:00
QPR v Watford - Match Preview
Q.P.R. : 21/04/2014 09:16:00
LUFC McCormack to dent Forest play-off hopes?
Leeds Utd : 21/04/2014 09:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Prediction for the Leicester game?
Suggested By:  Josh
Win 17%
Draw 30%
Loss 53%