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  • Date:13 Apr 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:24,139
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93:03 +3.03

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

91:25 +1.25

Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Alex McCarthy.

91:12 +1.12

Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. Sean Morrison gets a block in.

89:47

Shot by Daniel Sturridge from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

89:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Guthrie on Phillippe Coutinho. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

87:20

Foul by Steven Gerrard on Daniel Carrico, free kick awarded. Nick Blackman booked for time wasting. Chris Gunter takes the direct free kick.

86:25

Danny Guthrie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

85:34

Drilled left-footed shot by Stewart Downing. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

85:15

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.

84:44

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.

84:26

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

83:09

Stewart Downing has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

81:06

Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by Alex McCarthy.

80:15

Luis Suarez is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

78:31

The referee penalises Luis Suarez for handball. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

78:05

Adam Le Fondre comes on in place of Noel Hunt.

76:57

Daniel Carrico concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Shot comes in from Luis Suarez from the free kick.

75:51

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot from 18 yards. Save made by Jose Reina. Corner from left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.

74:43

Phillippe Coutinho challenges Chris Gunter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Guthrie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.

74:17

Effort from 18 yards by Steven Gerrard. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.

72:49

The referee gives a free kick against Noel Hunt for handball. Nick Blackman comes on in place of Pavel Pogrebnyak. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

71:35

Effort on goal by Phillippe Coutinho from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

70:51

Daniel Agger fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.

70:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

67:09

Danny Guthrie takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.

65:22

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina. Effort on goal by Garath McCleary from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

64:28

Effort on goal by Phillippe Coutinho from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

63:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Noel Hunt. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.

61:27

Danny Guthrie takes a shot. Blocked by Leiva Lucas. Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.

57:21

Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

56:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Chris Gunter. Daniel Carrico is brought on as a substitute for Jem Karacan. Jordan Henderson leaves the field to be replaced by Stewart Downing.

54:47

Unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak by Jamie Carragher results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Kelly.

53:42

Danny Guthrie handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

51:33

Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

50:07

Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Danny Guthrie results in a free kick. The referee shows Danny Guthrie a yellow card. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.

48:07

The offside flag is raised against Phillippe Coutinho. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.

47:18

Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Daniel Sturridge results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from left channel, clearance made by Daniel Agger.

45:48 +0.48

The official flags Luis Suarez offside. Free kick taken by Sean Morrison.

43:58

Effort on goal by Jordan Henderson from 20 yards. Alex McCarthy makes a save. Luis Suarez takes the inswinging corner, volleyed right-footed shot by Daniel Sturridge. Save by Alex McCarthy. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Daniel Agger goes wide of the left-hand post.

42:44

Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the target.

41:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Garath McCleary. Leiva Lucas goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie from right channel, clearance made by Glen Johnson.

38:34

Effort from deep inside the area by Phillippe Coutinho misses to the left of the target.

34:12

The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Indirect free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

33:10

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save. Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy. Steven Gerrard takes a corner.

31:18

Corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard.

29:31

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jobi McAnuff, Sean Morrison takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina. Foul by Glen Johnson on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jobi McAnuff.

24:26

Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

20:49

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy. Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy. Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Jamie Carragher goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

17:22

Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, Noel Hunt manages to make a clearance.

16:20

The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

15:00

Steven Gerrard decides to take the corner short.

14:21

Phillippe Coutinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

13:41

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.

12:26

Foul by Noel Hunt on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

11:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Suarez. Indirect free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

9:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Agger on Noel Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.

3:56

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, clearance made by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

3:26

Pavel Pogrebnyak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

1:22

Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Jose Reina fouled by Pavel Pogrebnyak, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Kebe ruled out for Royals Jimmy Kebe will miss Reading's Barclays Premier League encounter with Liverpool at the Madejski Stadium because of a groin problem. Fellow midfielder Hope Akpan is a major doubt for the match because of an ankle injury sustained in last Saturday 2-0 defeat to Southampton. Royals boss Nigel Adkins said Reading have further niggles, but no other players are expected to be ruled out. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Reading in 2009 after just six months in charge, but Adkins doubts there will be any special desire to demonstrate to his former employers that they made a mistake. "Brendan doesn't have anything to prove to us. He's a fantastic manager," he said. "He was here, was very successful at Swansea and is doing a fantastic job at Liverpool. He's a footballing man who improves his players. "He has teams that are really exciting to watch, so I don't believe he has anything to prove to anybody." Adkins hinted that his players have the six matches left in Reading's season to prove they should remain in his plans for next season. "Every player knows that the transfer window opens at the end of the season and that all clubs do business, moving people around. Here will be no exception," he said. "The players have been spot on in training and the attitude of the players tells me they want to stay at Reading." Forward Raheem Sterling will be absent again for Liverpool as the club continue to manage the teenager's thigh injury. Winger Stewart Downing, who played in last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham despite illness, is now fully recovered. Forward Fabio Borini and midfielder Joe Allen (both shoulder) are sidelined, as is defender Martin Kelly (knee). Star striker Luis Suarez has not scored for three games but, after drawing another blank against West Ham last weekend, boss Brendan Rodgers insists his star man is not feeling the effects of a long campaign, during which at times he has carried the side single-handedly. "What he maybe showed last weekend was he is human, but the level of his consistency this season has been incredible," said the Northern Irishman. "He showed sometimes he is not always going to be nine or 10 out of 10. Luis may have not have been a nine out of 10 but he was certainly a seven for his work-rate and his intensity. "From time to time he will have games like that but it just shows you the level he has reached this year, where he can still have a good game but because he doesn't score he is regarded as not being at as high a level. "He has that mindset where he wants to play every game and we're certainly better off with him in the team than out of it."

Formation:442Manager: Nigel Adkins

Reading

Formation: 442Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool

  • Alex McCarthy
  • Chris Gunter
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Sean Morrison
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Garath McCleary
  • Jem Karacan
  • Danny Guthrie
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • Noel Hunt
  • SUBS
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Alex Pearce
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Adam Le Fondre
  • Ian Harte
  • Daniel Carrico
  • Nick Blackman

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Match Report

Reading 0-0 Liverpool: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


McCarthy heroics thwart Reds

Brendan Rodgers endured a highly-frustrating return to Reading as a remarkable performance from keeper Alex McCarthy saw Liverpool held to a goalless draw.

Time and again McCarthy came to the Royals' rescue by producing a succession of world-class saves to deny Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

The academy product, who recently recovered from shoulder surgery, only started the match after Adam Federici was ruled out with an ankle problem.

Liverpool dominated most of the Barclays Premier League clash at the Madejski Stadium and could have finished clear winners but for McCarthy's brilliance.

Chance after chance went begging before the interval and apart from a bright spell from Reading midway through the second half when Noel Hunt and Jobi McAnuff could have scored, they were in full control.

The final 10 minutes saw Liverpool lay siege to the home goal and while Sturridge was guilty of butchering a match-winning opportunity, Suarez could only stare in disbelief as he was foiled by the terrific McCarthy twice in quick succession.

The draw halted Reading's run of seven successive Premier League defeats and while it may not prevent them from being relegated, the spirit on display will have been appreciated by manager Nigel Adkins.

A minute's silence was immaculately observed before the match in memory of the 96 victims of Hillsborough, with the disaster's 24th anniversary falling on Monday.

Liverpool made one change to the side that drew with West Ham, replacing Stewart Downing with Sturridge, and they were immediately into their stride as they passed their way through Reading with ease.

They would have taken the lead but for a brilliant clearance from right-back Chris Gunter, who scooped Suarez's lofted shot off the goalline as the home defence was split open with ease.

From early on it was clear Reading were leading a charmed life as McCarthy made a fine double save off Sturridge and Coutinho, while Jamie Carragher sent a corner whistling over the crossbar.

Shortly after rescuing his side with his goalline heroics, Gunter then blundered by passing straight to Sturridge who could scarcely believe his luck as he unleashed Suarez onto the Royals' goal.

But once more McCarthy reacted brilliantly to stop the shot before Gerrard's follow up was deflected over the target.

Carragher was forced to intervene in the nick of time as Reading attacked but the respite was only brief as Liverpool countered and Coutinho should have done much better with a great chance.

The reflexes of McCarthy were all that was keeping the Reds at bay and he produced another magnificent save to deny Sturridge from close range.

Liverpool finally had the ball in the net three minutes into the second half, but the flag went up for offside against Coutinho as he dabbed Gerrard's pass home.

Frustration began to creep into Liverpool's play, born out of their inability to deliver the opener their ascendancy deserved.

Instead, Reading began to play a bigger role in the match and could have taken the lead in the 67th minute when Pavel Pogrebnyak played in Hunt only for Reina to throw his body in the way.

Danny Guthrie then saw a shot blocked while at the other end the wasteful Coutinho blasted a fine pass from Sturridge well wide of the right post.

Now the match was anyone's and in the 65th minute Reading would have taken the lead had McAnuff struck the ball with greater force from 10 yards out, with the weakness of the shot allowing Reina to parry it clear.

Suarez and Downing then went close, and then it was Gerrard's turn to be denied by the fingertips of McCarthy.

Somehow, McCarthy then plucked a shot from Suarez from the air and palmed another attempt from the Liverpool forward to safety, while Sturridge blazed high over the crossbar.

Form Guide

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  • Reading
  • VS
  • Liverpool
  • WWWLWD

Last Meetings

  • Liverpool
  • 1 - 0
  • Reading
  • 20/10/2012
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 1
  • Reading
  • 15/03/2008
  • Reading
  • 3 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 08/12/2007
  • Reading
  • 1 - 2
  • Liverpool
  • 07/04/2007
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 0
  • Reading
  • 04/11/2006

Top Scorers

Reading

  • A Le Fondre 7
  • P Pogrebnyak 5
  • JB Kebe 5
  • H Robson-Kanu 5
  • N Hunt 2
  • S Morrison 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • D Guthrie 1
  • A Mariappa 1
  • G McCleary 1

Liverpool

  • L Suarez 22
  • S Gerrard 5
  • S Downing 3
  • D Sturridge 3
  • J Henderson 3
  • D Agger 2
  • M Skrtel 2
  • SD Jose Enrique 2
  • R Sterling 2
  • P Coutinho 2
  • G Johnson 1
  • J Shelvey 1

Goals

Reading

    • Total goals 99
    • Goals per game 36
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 10 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 11 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Liverpool

    • Total goals 122
    • Goals per game 59
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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