Liverpool v Reading Preview

This week has seen much activity around Anfield.  Despite the international break, Liverpool have been prominent in news circles with the announcement that the much discussed switch to a new ground from Anfield will not be taking place and also the pleasing news of fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough.

But Saturday will see all focus return to the pitch and the hope for Brendan Rodgers is that Pepe Reina will recover from a hamstring problem.  With the news that Fabio Borini will not now play for another three months after breaking his foot, Rodgers will be hoping more bad news does not await him on the injury front.

Having served his recent suspension, Jonjo Shelvey will be expecting to slot back into the Liverpool side.  Liverpool have won only two of thirteen home matches this calendar year and will be hoping to overcome a Reading side who sit in the relegation zone.

Reading will be hoping that Noel Hunt will have recovered in time form a heel problem for the trip and his importance has been reflected in his two goals in the last two games after spending the early season as a regularly used substitute.

Pavel Pogrebnyak who has impressed since his move from Fulham in the summer will be hoping to repeat his goal-scoring feat at Anfield last season when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

Despite Liverpool’s poor record to date that sees them sit in fourteenth position, the expectation is that they will prove to strong for their visitors.  Despite their place in the Premier League the potential for more has been seen in large chunks of their performances against some of the leagues top sides.

But ex-Reading manager Rodgers will be hoping that the intricacies of Luis Suarez and the pressing of Steven Gerrard will prove too much for a Reading defence that have proved vulnerable at times.

Current Reading manager Brian McDermott will be hoping that some quick break away play and the usually harrying game from Shane Long will prove enough to stretch the home defence and leave with something.  A score draw appears a reasonable outcome to expect.

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