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Reds Ready For Reading

Can Gerrard gear us to victory?...
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Liverpool make the trip to Reading on Saturday as they look to improve on their rather ineffective performance against West Ham. Reading are on a very poor run of form but even that doesn't help us decipher whether the Reds will be turning up as Jekyll or Hyde. Consistency has been a real problem this season but here's hoping a win is on the cards this weekend.

Reading are without both Jimmy Kebe and Hope Apkan the latter who suffered an ankle injury in Reading's last fixture. For Liverpool they are able to call on Downing again who is now fit after coming off against West Ham, Raheem Sterling though is unavailable through a thigh problem.

Reading are currently rock bottom of the Premier League and are looking for a miracle really to keep them out of relegation, the worrying thing is though, this is the type of situation and opposition Liverpool may struggle with, anything out of the unknown this season and Liverpool appear to struggle to create a new plan of action whether it be a team parking the bus or throwing everything but the kitchen sink at them so it will be interesting to see what happens on Saturday. Liverpool are currently in 7th on 49 points.

The last time the two sides met was in October last year Raheem Sterling scored the winner for the Reds. The time before that though Liverpool were on the losing side when Reading knocked us out of the FA Cup in 2010.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool have found the back of the net in their last 10 league games away from home.
  • Reading have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 9 meetings with Liverpool in all comps.
  • Liverpool have won 61% of games this season with Carragher but only 14% without him.

I think after Reading's recent run of form it would be a travesty if Liverpool didn't manage to pick up all three points. I fancy Suarez to find his shooting boots for this one and hopefully get the Reds underway. The slip up against West Ham means Liverpool are now in a situation where they may have to fight for their right to play in the Europa League and so the three points are of importance.

Enjoy the match folks!

Kirsty W

Kirsty; Award winning Liverpool FC blogger and social media addict.