Had a quiet afternoon all-in-all but had to be alert to stop McCleary early in the second half.
Not as prominent in an attacking sense as his fellow full-back Johnson but kept things simple and defended well.
Not as busy as his centre-back partner but never anything less than solid.
Had little defending to do and proved a thorn in Reading's side all day with his dangerous runs from full-back.
Dominated Pogrebnyak aerially and continually nicked the ball from the Reading front man.
Showed an encouraging willingness to keep things simple and was denied a goal by a brilliant save.
Played some delightful through balls and was incredibly efficient on the ball. Perhaps unfortunate to be substituted.
At the crux of everything Liverpool did well. May not yet be at Xabi Alonso's level, but provides the pivot the Reds have been lacking since the Spaniard's departure.
Had showed some poor touches prior to his goal but recovered well to finish brilliantly. Perhaps faded in the second period.
Does not have the raw pace of Sterling, but was ruthlessly economical in possession all game.
Could still provide more of a goal threat but laid on a lovely assist for Sterling in the first half and should have had an assist for Shelvey.
Beaten by an excellent drive from Sterling but generally showed a safe pair of hands throughout the day, particularly as he was called upon regularly in the second half.
Saved by his goalkeeper on several occasions as Suarez, Sterling and Gerrard ghosted beyond him with ease.
Regularly argued with Mariappa over who should take the dangerous Suarez. That both did not want him was testament to the pair's failure to deal with the Uruguayan.
Given a torrid time by Sterling and Johnson all day as he unwisely failed to show both onto their wrong foot.
Allowed Suso to move inside him regularly, which is the Spaniard's obvious preference from the right.
Asked to support Pogrebnyak in an attacking midfield role. Saw very little of the ball as the Reds dominated and did not fulfil his other role - sitting on Joe Allen - well enough.
Rarely passed forward as the deepest midfielder and could not close the space in front of the back four.
Tried to prompt his side into action on several occasions but was often let down by his midfield colleagues.
Did not do enough to support his full-back with Johnson and Sterling running riot. Provided little going forward, either.
Had little to feed on as Liverpool dominated in midfield but was largely wasteful with what he did see of the ball.
Introduced for the injured Karacan after 25 minutes. Missed the visitors' best chance as he failed to beat Jones one-on-one in the second half.
A. Le Fondre
Had as much to work with as Pogrebnyak, and susbequently struggled.
Gave Reading a physical target to hit and occasionally trouble Skrtel in his cameo.