Saturday October 20, 2012 Day 8 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 0 Reading

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  1. Premier League - Sterling scores first Premier League goal in Liverpool win

    Premier League - Sterling scores first Premier League goal in Liverpool win

    Reading continue to search for their first Premier League win after a Raheem Sterling goal handed Liverpool a merited 1-0 win at Anfield. More

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    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Reading
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    • 90+3' The final whistle sounds! A 1-0 win for Liverpool. Liverpool should have won by more, but they are deserving winners on the day. They get the job done. Three points in the bag.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Mariappa has been booked for a late challenge on Suarez. Cue more ironic cheers around the ground. Suarez playing the injured party well.
    • 87' Roberts has certainly added a bit of spice to this match. Firing into a lot of challenges against this Liverpool rearguard.
    • 86' Solid piece of defending from Skrtel as he halts Roberts. Liverpool earn a goalkick.
    • 85' Jordan Henderson replaces Stering in Liverpool's final change. A standing ovation for the goalscorer.
    • 84' Shorey decides to go for goal from distance, but straight into the arms of Jones from the free-kick.
    • 83' Jason Roberts replaces Danny Guthrie for Reading, who are running out of time to salvage a point.
    • 82' Wisdom picks out the run of Enrique, but his cross ends up deflecting into the arms of McCarthy. Easy stuff.
    • 81' Those Liverpool fans growing increasingly anxious with their side clinging to this 1-0 lead.
    • 80' Shelvey lifts the ball out of play looking for the run of Enrique. Disappointing end to another move of promise.
    • 79' McCleary snatches at the ball inside the home area. Liverpool all over the shop at the back. That was a chance, but a lack of a cool head sees the shot slide wide.
    • 78' Suarez inches away from connecting with Enrique's ball across goal. So close to a second, but not quite. If only Suarez had his shooting boots on, this match would be finished.
    • 77' Another great chance for Suarez seconds later. But the finish is awful from Enrique's pass as the shot eludes the goal by some margin. Suarez could have had a treble today.
    • 76' Ball drops kindly for Suarez in the box from Enrique's pass. Lovely pass but he mishits the shot as it flies miles over the bar.
    • 75' Jose Enrique takes over from Suso for the home side.
    • 74' Pogrebnyak is replaced by Le Fondre for the visiting side.
    • 73' Liverpool trying to reassert themselves after their early period of domination. Little doubt that Reading have hit back well in this match.
    • 72' Looks like Enrique is getting ready to make his entrance for Liverpool. McCleary overhits a cross with five men waiting in the home area. Another chance is wasted.
    • 71' Ball breaks to Kebe in the Liverpool box. So much time and space, but he seems to take the wrong option again as the home side are let off the hook. All getting very nervous.
    • 70' McCarthy is on hand to halt the shot by Johnson from only five yards out. Fine stop. A minor miracle how Liverpool only have one today.
    • 69' Cummings late on Sterling after sloppy play by Reading. Free-kick to Liverpool out wide of the visiting box, but the home side clear the danger.
    • 68' Suarez screws a shot wide of goal from distance. Lacked the direction with that effort. And probably the power too.
    • 67' Liverpool with 20 shots at goal, but only have one goal to show for their exertions today. Says it all really. Reading still in this match.
    • 66' McCarthy equal to the task seconds later as he dives to claw out the shot by Gerrard. Liverpool could do with a second goal as the nerves will build the longer this remains at 1-0.
    • 65' Shelvey with a glorious chance from another probing Suarez ball, but his control lets him down. First touch was awful as McCarthy collects.
    • 64' Kebe manages to cut the ball across the face of goal with Jones all at sea, but fine covering play by Skrtel to clear the danger.
    • 63' Gerrard swings the corner into the danger area with some pace, but Skrtel can only head over the bar. Good cross. Unfortunate with the finish. Inches over.
    • 62' Shelvey has been introduced for Sahin. Liverpool have a corner seconds later.
    • 61' Reading have survived to his point which is a real bonus for them trailing 1-0. Pogrebnyak caught narrowly offside.
    • 60' Sterling is the 8th youngest ever Premier League scorer in the division and youngest since Federico Macheda (17-226) for Manchester United in April 2009.
    • 59' Liverpool have already lost twice at Anfield this season having taken the lead – 2-1 defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United.
    • 58' Sahin slides the ball into the path of the dangerous Sterling before his cross is knocked over by Suarez. This game starting to finally open up.
    • 57' McAnuff unloads a shot from distance that fairly flies through the air, but Jones is on hand to dive to his left in making the stop. Warning signs for Liverpool.
    • 56' Jones had to look lively to make the stop from a Garath McCleary effort. Decent stop as Liverpool were cut well and truly wide open on the break.
    • 55' A booking for Agger for a late challenge on Pogrebnyak. Can have no complaints about that call.
    • 54' Pepe Reina watching this action from high up in the stands. Looking a touch concerned having been ruled out with a hamstring strain.
    • 53' McCarthy makes a superb diving stop to keep out the shot by Suarez. More brilliant play by Suarez as he raced into the box.
    • 52' Johnson looking for the ball over the top, but the pass winds up safely in the arms of McCarthy.
    • 51' Johnson unleases a couple of shots, the second one wheels wide of goal after the first one was blocked by Mariappa.
    • 50' Brad Jones is in goal for Liverpool today. He starts his first Premier League game since 24th May 2009 in Middlesbrough's 2-1 loss at West Ham
    • 49' Guthrie sweeps the ball in at pace, but that is a wasted opportunity as it flies harmlessly over the bar. No worries for Liverpool.
    • 48' Wisdom deemed to have fouled McAnuff and Reading have a free-kick here wide of the Liverpool area.
    • 47' Golden chance for Sterling to add a second at the outset of the second period. Suarez plays in Sterling, but the shot is too near McCarthy, who makes the stop.
    • 46' Suarez hobbles back into the action. Liverpool get the second period off and running.
    • 45+2' Suarez tackled by Gorkss. Late challenge, but no free-kick. Liverpool unhappy about that as the whistle sounds. Liverpool lead 1-0 at the break.
    • 45+1' Liverpool earn a corner as Johnson's shot is deflected wide. Agger and Skrtel join the party, but Reading clear Gerrard's corner.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on here.
    • 43' Sterling with a nice litte pass to Johnson. Drives the ball at goal from the edge of the box, but McCarthy was right behind that shot to deny Liverpool a second goal.
    • 42' Johnson with a late challenge on Kebe at the halfway line. Reading again go long. But so, so easy for the Liverpool defence to deal with those. Skrtel doing the clearing work.
    • 41' Reading come up with their first shot at goal of the day. Leigertwood uncorks an effort that is always rising from 25 yards. Over the bar. Goalkick to Liverpool.
    • 40' At 17 years and 317 days old Raheem Sterling is the second-youngest ever Premier League scorer for Liverpool after Michael Owen (17-143).
    • 39' Allen on hand to head out the free-kick from Guthrie. Reading need to get closer to the home goal than throwing hopeful free-kicks in from miles away.
    • 38' Suarez drives the free-kick straight into the wall. Didn't look like Gorkss caught him. Looked another dive. Didn't harm Reading. And on we go.
    • 37' Gorkss takes out Suarez with a late challenge. An ironic cheer goes up from the crowd. Liverpool have a free-kick 25 yards from goal.
    • 36' Shorey fails to beat the first man with his delivery as Gerrard makes the clearance. Poor, poor stuff when his side found themselves in a position of promise.
    • 35' Johnson takes no chance as he nods behind, and low and behold, Reading have another corner coming up here.
    • 34' Suarez thrashes a shot at goal that just sails past the post. Another sweeping move of pace with the shot coming in from 25 yards. Reading living on the edge of falling two behind.
    • 33' Sahuin clips McAnuff from behind. Liverpool working ever so hard to close down space as much as possible.
    • 32' Liverpool just dictating the play as Suarez picks out Wisdom, but Shorey is the man matching the run to make a no-nonsense clearance.
    • 31' Sterling seemed to have his heels clipped by Cummings, but the referee doesn't want to know. Reading really need to ease some of the pressure on themselves here. Being pushed back.
    • 30' GOAL! Suarez slides the ball into the path of Sterling and he plants the ball into the corner of the net with a delightful finish. A 1-0 lead for Liverpool. The youngster's first goal in the Premier League.
    • 29' Johnson complaining about something or other. The England player felt that the ball wasn't over the line. Goalkick to Reading.
    • 28' Garath McCleary has replaced Jem Karacan because of that injury.
    • 27' Sahin misses the ball trying to connect after McAnuff had missed the clearance. Another let-off for Reading.
    • 26' Great chance for Liverpool to find the opener. Sahin slipped the ball out wide to Sterling, but he can only lift the return pass miles over the bar. Poor finish really.
    • 25' Looks like ligament problems for Karacan as he departs the action. A real blow that for Reading as he was setting about his task with some relish early on.
    • 24' Intelligent stuff from Suarez as he lifts the ball narrowly over the bar from the edge of the box. Brilliant effort. Best moment of the half from Liverpool so far.
    • 23' Karacan has taken a sore one after colliding with Gerrard in a shuddering challenge. He is needing a spot of treatment here.
    • 22' Cummings forced to produce a timely piece of defending to halt the run of Sterling. Super stuff from the Reading man.
    • 21' Kebe with a hopeful cross into the home area, but easy pickings for Jones as he comes to collect with ease.
    • 20' Cummings forced to produce a decent spot of defending to deny Sterling the chance to rampage clear down a flank.
    • 19' Suarez deemed to be offside seconds later. Reading fans seem content with the start their side have made in not shipping any goals.
    • 18' Stirling with a shot at goal from 20 yards, but easy enough take for McCarthy in the Reading goal. Comfortable enough stop.
    • 17' Reading doing well to stem the tide as Sterling is again crowded out by a wall of blue and white shirts. Committed stuff from Reading.
    • 16' Cumming whacks the ball away from Suarez as he tried to bound beyond the Reading man on his outside.
    • 15' Stirling picks up the pass from Suarez, but Reading do enough to make the block. Think it was Gorkss in there doing the donkey work. Fine defending by the visiting side.
    • 14' Liverpool with all the possession and two shots on goal, but nothing to show for their efforts on the scoreboard. Gorgeous autumn day for football.
    • 13' Suarez complaining that he got caught on the head by the elbow of Mariappa, but referee waves play on as Liverpool look to get on the front foot.
    • 12' Another fine cross by Johnson from that roaming wing-back area. Sterling can't control the cross as Reading make another clearance.
    • 11' Liverpool fans not up to speed yet in this match. A goal would certainly help in bringing them to life. Easier said than done. Reading third bottom of the table at the outset of today. Just ahead of Norwich and QPR.
    • 10' Reading content to let Liverpool play in front of them. Well they don't have much choice as Johnson sees a shot blocked. Suso then drives one wide.
    • 9' Really nice play by Liverpool at the moment. Plenty of passing, but Shorey is well positioned to clear the cross by Johnson. Still Liverpool push.
    • 8' Ball breaks to Johnson off Suarez, but Cummings is across to make the challenge. Liverpool almost cutting the visiting side open with neat, short passing.
    • 7' Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored eight goals from just 11 shots on target in the Premier League. Reading will be looking for him to produce again today.
    • 6' Sahin caught narrowly offside after making a fine run through the middle. Wasn't much in that. Sahin can't believe that call.
    • 5' Johnson tries to win a corner for Liverpool, but fails to get the deflection on the cross as the ball ends up safely in the hands of McCarthy in the Reading goal.
    • 4' Reading win the first corner of the match, but Shorey's delivery is finally walloped clear by England midfielder Steven Gerrard. Liverpool trying to settle themselves down.
    • 3' Johnson heads the ball behind at the back post from the cross by McAnuff. Reading getting on the front foot.
    • 2' Liverpool have won six Premier League matches in 2012. They need to win nine of their remaining 13 Premier League matches this year to better their previous fewest wins in a calendar year in the Premier League era – the 14 victories in 2010.
    • 1' Reading get the action off and running as they chase their first win in the Premier League this term.
    • 14.55 Teams out on the park here. And we are almost ready to go. Should be a decent afternoon's entertainment.
    • 14.50 Reading won their last visit to Anfield in an FA Cup replay in January 2010 (2-1), which was Brian McDermott’s first ever win as coach of Reading. Brian McDermott took over as caretaker manager when Brendan Rodgers left Reading to take charge at Swansea in December 2009. His first home game in charge of Reading was against Rodgers’ Swansea.
    • 14.45 Match odds for this one if you fancy a tickle: Liverpool 4/11, Reading 8/1, Draw 7/2
    • 14.40 Reading manager Brian McDermott seems to be a huge fan of the Rodgers's coaching manuel. "I worked with Brendan for 10 years for the (Reading) under-17s and under-19s, so I know him really well. You need time. His philosophy is his philosophy and Brendan’s players have to get used to the way he wants them to play. That’s his business. He deserves to be there."
    • 14.35 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has this to say about fielding younger players. "It is great for me to see the young players. It is just a case of weighing up whether they come in or not. Not every young player can play. This is an unforgiving league and my job is to nurture the talent and not destroy it. We have other players that we may be able to have some flexibility within the team (to cover for Borini)."
    • 14.30 Reading forward Noel Hunt is ruled out because of a heel problem. Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood has been passed fit to start the match after recovering from a dead leg. Reading boss Brian McDermott has no further injury concerns as the club seek their first Premier League win of the season.
    • 14.25 Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina faced a late fitness test but is out due to a minor hamstring problem sustained on international duty with Spain prior to the visit of Reading. 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 and joins Enrique on the bench.
    • 14.20 Teams: Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Sahin, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suso, Suarez..subs: Gulacsi, Shelvey, Henderson, Downing, Assaidi, Carragher, Enrique////Reading: McCarthy; Cummings, Shorey, Gorkss, Mariappa; Karacan, Leigertwood, Kebe, McAnuff, Guthrie; Pogrebnyak..subs: Taylor, Gunter, Pearce, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Roberts
    • 14.15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Liverpool against Reading from Anfield in the Premier League. Today's teams coming right up for you.
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