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Premier League

  • 20 October 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: R. East
  • • Attendance: 44874

Liverpool - Reading Preview: Reds look to extend unbeaten run against relegation-threatened Royals

With just one win so far in the Premier League, the home side have made their joint-worst start after seven games, and face the 18th-placed Berkshire side who are without a win



Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Jose Enrique
Shelvey, Allen
Henderson, Gerrard, Sterling


Cummings, Mariappa, Gorkss, Harte
Kebe, Guthrie, Karacan, McAnuff
Pogrebnyak, Hunt

Liverpool are struggling with injuries after the international break, with Fabio Borini ruled out for three months and Andre Wisdom also ruled out with a shoulder problem.

Pepe Reina sustained an injury while warming up for Spain during their game against France, but should be fit to face the Royals while Jonjo Shelvey returns from suspension.

Lucas remains on the long-term injury list, but John Flanagan could be available soon as he recovers from an ankle problem.

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici remains an injury doubt, with Alex McCarthy likely to continue to deputise.

However, Mikele Leigertwood should be fully recovered from the leg injury that kept him out of the game with Swansea.

Apart from that, the Royals have no new injury or suspension concerns as they search for a first Premier League victory this season.

  • Liverpool’s start of six points from seven games is their joint-worst points tally after that number of games, along with last season’s start.
  • The Reds have won just two of their 13 Premier League home games in 2012, drawing five and losing six.
  • Defender Daniel Agger is a qualified tattoo artist, and has offered to make a commemorative design for the entire squad if they win the Premier League.
  • Reading have won just two of their last 23 away games in the Premier League, losing 15 and drawing six.
  • Five players survive from when the Royals were last in the Premier League during the 2007-08 season, including Nicky Shorey (pictured right), who has returned to the club after spells at Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.
  • Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored eight goals from just 11 shots on target during his time in the Premier League with Fulham and the Royals.


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1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
3José EnriqueDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
24Oussama AssaidiStriker
41Alex McCarthyGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
17Kaspars GorkssDefender
24Shaun CummingsDefender
20Jem KaracanMidfielder
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
14Jimmy KebeMidfielder
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
26Alex PearceDefender
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9Adam Le FondreStriker
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