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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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Reading – Fulham (H) – Sat 27th October – Premier League