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Chances Galore But No Goals In Reading Draw

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Liverpool were unable to find the back of the net yesterday as they were faced with an outstanding performance from Reading goalkeeper McCarthy. It was another game for Liverpool where despite throwing everything they had there was no real plan B, no other route to take when things weren't quite going according to plan.

A strong side fielded by Brendan Rodgers saw Liverpool play with Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho in attack. It was a fairly good start for Liverpool really who fully utilised their strengthened attack namely the link up between Suarez and Coutinho. These two appear to click together like puzzle pieces and one always seems to know what the other is doing.

In a game that saw plenty of chances for Liverpool too many to discuss the first fell to Luis Suarez after a ball was fed through to him from Coutinho. Suarez as always was creating chances and if it wasn't for Chris Gunter on the line saving Reading's bacon the Uruguayan could have put the Reds ahead.

It d…

Reds Ready For Reading

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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 wheth…

Sterling Strike Seals Reds Home Win

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Brendan Rodgers was desperately searching for a first home win since his time in charge of Liverpool on Saturday and for the majority of the game it looked set in stone that the three points would finally be his, however a rather tentative end to the game when Reading found their feet left Liverpool with a lot of work to do.

Liverpool made only one change to their side after Pepe Reina was kept out with a hamstring problem, Brad Jones took his place. Reading had ex Reds man Guthrie in their starting XI and fielded Pogrebnyak up front.

The first half was of good quality for the home side and Reading were causing minimal problems. The likes of Suso, Sahin and Sterling were linking up well and as always despite his finishing not quite being up to scratch Suarez was offering a lot in terms of attack.

Both Sterling and Suarez had chances at goal but were denied by McCarthy or sent their efforts off target. Their tenacity and freedom to easily break through the Reading defence though meant…

Doubts Over Reina For Reading

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Football is back! Real football I mean, not the one where you travel all the way to Poland with your national side only to be told you can't actually play the game because the pitch is now a massive puddle... Internationals ay?!

Anyway, fear not, the boys in Red are back and their opponents this Saturday are Reading.

Unfortunately for Liverpool the break has also offered the chance for injuries to be aired and Pepe Reina will have to undergo a late fitness test to see whether he will be able to start after picking up a hamstring problem. Fabio Borini will also be unavailable for up to 3 months after fracturing a bone in his foot, with Suarez our only real forward left I don't even want to start thinking about what may happen.

Reading on the other hand are relatively strong and only have one real concern with a doubt hanging over Noel Hunt.

The last time the two sides met I am sure you will remember was in the FA Cup. In January 2010 Reading came to Anfield after sealing a dra…

Liverpool Crash Out Of FA Cup

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I asked in my last blog post whether Liverpool could mount a serious challenge in the FA Cup, the answer?
A resounding no.
Even if that fluky own goal from Bertrand was what allowed us to scrape through, i still wouldn't have felt confident even against Burnley on the basis of that performance.
Very disappointed and it truly does feel like a new low at this moment in time, this loss is not like any other from the rest of the season, this one feels like a turning point.
Question is, what will be the change? Because all i know is the lads need a massive boost. Soon.
The starting 11 was again a very strong one put out by Rafa, who realised the importance of progress through the competition. With the only exception perhaps being Cavalieri in goal and Degen starting due to Johnson still being out, it was a full force team from the boss.
Even with the majority of our key players on the pitch, the spark was never there. Reading appeared comfortable for the majority of the first half and it was…

FA Cup: Can We Mount A Challenge?

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Liverpool face Reading for the second time tomorrow night at Anfield in the hope that take two will be enough to break the earlier deadlock between the two clubs. With the winner progressing and facing Burnley at home for the next fixture, the prospect of challenging for the FA Cup is becoming more and more realistic.

Benitez fielded a very strong 11 for the last meeting, and opted to keep in Reina, Carragher, Gerrard and Torres. I should imagine that it will be a similar team put out from the Gaffa again for this replay, Benitez has made it clear that he is taking the competition seriously and is determined to mount a respectable challenge.
Liverpool appeared to struggle slightly against Reading last time out but this was mainly down to a belief filled Royals side who also had the home advantage. You get the feeling that at Anfield, we will come out victorious.
With a draw leading to extra time and then penalties, i would always fancy ourselves in that situation, so the only option for …

Reds Require Replay

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Liverpool will have to settle for an FA Cup replay at Anfield before they can dream of lifting the famous cup again after the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate. The magic of the FA Cup as they say was well and truly alive for a feisty Reading who will be raring to go for the Anfield fixture, Liverpool however will have to hope the magic will reappear.

Rafa had started a very strong side and i for one was very happy with the way he treated this cup game and clear opportunity. With Reina, Carragher, Gerrard and Torres all starting along with the regular faces of Insua, Kuyt and Lucas it was a very experienced side put out to face the royals.
Stephen Darby - local lad and a hope for the future was also given a start at the heart of the back four, with Johnson out injured Carragher was pushed out to the right and so the vacant space was given to the promising youngster.
The first real moment of prospect for a slow starting Liverpool side was when David N'Gog hit a powerful effort from outsi…

FA Cup - Why Not Give It A Go?

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Liverpool face Reading tomorrow evening in the historic and often overlooked competition of the FA Cup. Often shunned and even laughed at by some fans i feel that the silverware at stake should be given the respect it deserves.

Obviously clubs like ourselves (especially at this moment in time) will have bigger things to think about and the league will always be prioritised but in all fairness to collect the FA Cup is a brilliant achievement.

Although i can totally see why managers often rest players it can sometimes frustrate me, especially if it starts to happen when teams are still in the competition and it is getting nearer to the latter stages.

Bearing all this in mind for tomorrow i would love to see a mixture of players yet a team that has some sort of spine remaining. I.e. Maybe start Pacheco, Darby, Spearing etc etc but leave Carragher in at the back, Gerrard and maybe Kuyt. Just to keep some solidarity there and so that we still have the experience on the field to go out and pro…