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Shaun Cummings fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nicky Shorey, save by Brad Jones.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, save made by Alex McCarthy.
Adrian Mariappa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick. Adrian Mariappa is booked.
The ball is crossed by Garath McCleary.
Foul by Joe Allen on Shaun Cummings, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
Short corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line.
Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Nicky Shorey from the free kick, Brad Jones makes a comfortable save.
Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nicky Shorey, save by Brad Jones.
Joe Allen concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Jordan Henderson comes on in place of Raheem Sterling. Shaun Cummings takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, comfortable save by Alex McCarthy.
Jason Roberts comes on in place of Danny Guthrie.
Garath McCleary has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Danny Guthrie, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Shot by Garath McCleary. Glen Johnson gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save made by Alex McCarthy.
Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Effort on goal by Luis Suarez from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Adam Le Fondre joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pavel Pogrebnyak. (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Sanchez Jose Enrique coming on for Jesus Fernandez Saez.
Mikele Leigertwood produces a cross.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line, save by Brad Jones.
Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Shaun Cummings. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Pavel Pogrebnyak manages to make a clearance.
Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Raheem Sterling is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.
Jesus Fernandez Saez takes the outswinging corner, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.
Steven Gerrard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Martin Skrtel goes over the bar.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
Jonjo Shelvey replaces Nuri Sahin. The referee blows for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Free kick taken by Brad Jones.
Shot by Mikele Leigertwood. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
Luis Suarez produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Garath McCleary has a curled shot. Brad Jones makes a save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jobi McAnuff. Free kick taken by Brad Jones.
Foul by Daniel Agger on Pavel Pogrebnyak, free kick awarded. Daniel Agger receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Nicky Shorey crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Brad Jones.
Garath McCleary takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones. Corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Kaspars Gorkss misses to the right of the goal.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Kaspars Gorkss. Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa. Glen Johnson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The official flags Jimmy Kebe offside. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Andre Wisdom challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Guthrie delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard to the near post, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.
Jesus Fernandez Saez decides to take a short corner.
Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Cummings.
Glen Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Alex McCarthy makes a save.
Daniel Agger challenges Pavel Pogrebnyak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.
Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Shaun Cummings restarts play with the free kick.
Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Unfair challenge on Jesus Fernandez Saez by Nicky Shorey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raheem Sterling on Jimmy Kebe. Free kick crossed by Danny Guthrie, Nuri Sahin makes a clearance.
Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Luis Suarez from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.
Garath McCleary crosses the ball, clearance by Glen Johnson.
Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak by Nuri Sahin. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Raheem Sterling from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Luis Suarez.
Effort on goal by Nuri Sahin from just inside the area clears the bar.
Garath McCleary joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jem Karacan.
Luis Suarez takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Centre by Jimmy Kebe, comfortable save by Brad Jones.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Pavel Pogrebnyak results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Suarez. Adrian Mariappa restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from 25 yards by Raheem Sterling. Save made by Alex McCarthy.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Pavel Pogrebnyak results in a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Nuri Sahin.
Raheem Sterling has a drilled shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Allen on Jimmy Kebe. Free kick crossed by Nicky Shorey, clearance by Daniel Agger.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
Jesus Fernandez Saez has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot by Glen Johnson from 25 yards. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Nicky Shorey manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Nuri Sahin offside. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, save made by Alex McCarthy.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Andre Wisdom makes a clearance.
Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
Rodgers searching for consistency
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he expects his side to "fly" once they have overcome the hurdle of securing their first home win of the season.
The Reds have won just two league matches at Anfield in 2012, the last coming against Chelsea in May, ahead of Saturday's home clash against Reading.
So far this season they have taken two points on home soil from games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Stoke, which has contributed to a disappointing points tally of just six.
And Rodgers is grateful fans have not turned their frustrations on the team.
"When you look at the majority of our home games our performance level has been good and we've been unfortunate not to pick up a result," said the Northern Irishman. "Our biggest focus now is just to get some consistency in our results.
"The reality in 2012 is we have won two league games at Anfield and, on top of that, it is over a year since there has been back-to-back Premier League (home) wins (September 24 against Wolves was the exact date).
"Thankfully within the ground the supporters are fantastic, when you think of that record. If you came to Anfield and you see how supportive the fans are it is absolutely phenomenal really.
"The big drive and our only focus is looking to get consistency in our results and then we can move forward. It is up to us, there is only the group of players and ourselves who can change that.
"We have to focus on what we can control, go into the game with a clear, defined plan and if it's not working then be flexible in terms of looking to put that right.
"Once we get that result then hopefully we can fly from there. We really want to make our home ground a fortress."
Rodgers' former club Reading - a side against whom Liverpool have won just one of their last four meetings - are the visitors on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Jose Reina faces a late fitness test on a minor hamstring problem sustained on international duty with Spain.
Striker Fabio Borini has been ruled out for up to three months with a fractured foot but defenders Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan returned to training this week. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available again after a three-match suspension.
Rodgers looks back on his time with the Royals fondly, even taking into account the six months from the summer of 2009 when he won just six of 23 games and departed before the year ended.
"Reading are an excellent club. I first went to them when I was 13 and they played a big part of my life," he added.
"I was fortunate to get the managerial job but it did not quite work out how I would have wished. But I learned from the experience and ultimately that will pave the way for me."
Reading forward Noel Hunt is a doubt due to a heel problem but midfielder Mikele Leigertwood has been passed fit after recovering from a dead leg.
Royals boss Brian McDermott has no further injury concerns as his club seek their first Premier League win of the season.
Jobi McAnuff has warned his Reading team-mates to be wary of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but fears divers are condemned too quickly.
Suarez is viewed as the worst culprit of simulation in the Premier League and was branded an "embarrassment" by Stoke boss Tony Pulis earlier this month.
While the Uruguay striker has received strong support from Reds manager Rodgers, he has faced heavy criticism from outside Anfield.
McAnuff knows Suarez must be watched closely at Anfield, but insists there are grey areas when a player goes down.
"With any player, especially in the box, you have to be careful, probably more so with him," the club captain said.
"In the last game (Liverpool v Stoke) he was literally nowhere near him.
"There's been some instances with Suarez that have been penalties which he hasn't got and of course on the other hand there's the instances that were dives.
"But sometimes it's not a penalty nor a dive - there is an in between.
"You can be running at such pace that it doesn't take a lot to knock you off your feet or unbalance you.
"The referee might not deem it enough to be a foul, which is fine, but there's a massive argument now that if it's not a penalty, then it's a dive, when there is in fact an in-between.
"We have to be a little bit careful of creating a witch hunt because we have to be fair and judge every decision individually."
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