UK time is: 19:00:32
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 Reading Articles

Royals seal deal for midfielder (Thursday August 21 2014)

Ferdinand gets game time (Thursday August 21 2014)

Player Ratings - Huddersfield (H) (Thursday August 21 2014)

Poor defending costs Royals first defeat (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Stats: Reading v Huddersfield (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Adkins rues 'shocking' goals (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Reading 1 - 2 Huddersfield (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Key man watch: Nakhi Wells (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Huddersfield (H) Match Preview (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Midfielder set for Madejski move (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Archived Reading 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)

1. Y19-Royal 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Reading 1 - 2 Huddersfield
Reading 1 - 0 Ipswich
Wigan 2 - 2 Reading

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Wolves 3 2 0 1 1 6
10. Sheff Wed 3 1 2 0 1 5
11. Ipswich 3 1 1 1 0 4
12. Reading 3 1 1 1 0 4
13. Brentford 3 1 1 1 0 4
14. Derby County 3 1 1 1 0 4
15. Blackburn 3 1 1 1 -1 4

Breaking League News

Town Eye Rhodes Developments
Huddersfield : 21/08/2014 18:56:00
Danny Collins Linked with Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield : 21/08/2014 18:45:00
Royals seal deal for midfield
Reading : 21/08/2014 18:43:00
Huddersfield Quash Warnock Link
Huddersfield : 21/08/2014 18:01:00
LUFC Leeds make Bellusci deal permanent
Leeds Utd : 21/08/2014 18:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

What area do we need to strengthen most?
Suggested By:  Josh
Goalkeeper 9%
Defence 17%
Midfield 11%
Attack 63%