Reading vs Liverpool Player Ratings

Liverpool's up-and-down season continued with a goalless draw at rock-bottom Reading on Saturday.

Another Liverpool scoring goes begging.

Liverpool went with an extremely attacking line-up as Brendan Rodgers opted to play Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho in a three pronged attack supported by the midfield dynamism of skipper Steven Gerrard.

However, a master-class performance from Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, as well as a host of poor efforts from Liverpool, secured Nigel Adkins his first point with the club following his recent appointment.

Reading

McCarthy - 10

Liverpool had 27 attempts at goal and managed to land 11 on target but the game somehow finished goalless. No question Reading goalkeeper McCarthy deserves a perfect 10 for his outstanding performances which included several incredible saves at close range.

Gunter - 7

Was alert right from the start including a goal line clearance to deny Suarez a goal after the Uruguayan chipped the onrushing goalkeeper.

Morrison - 6.5

Made some crucial tackles but let's be honest, Reading were carved opened and only got something out of the game because of their goalkeeper.

Mariappa - 6.5

It was desperate defending at times from Mariappa but nevertheless it earned Reading a point. May have saved a goal when he blocked a Gerrard effort from a rebound.

Kelly - 5

Reading played a fairly high line which allowed Liverpool to get in behind, especially on the right where Kelly was poor at tracking the movement of the Reds.

Karacan (Off 56') - 5.5

Liverpool's slick passing and movement meat Karacan was chasing shadows for 56 minutes before being replaced.

Guthrie - 4

Gave the ball away poorly and almost cost Reading a goal in the first half. Things didn't get much better in the second period as he continued to struggle with his wayward passing and got booked as well.

McAnuff - 7.5

Liverpool enjoyed 60% possession but when Reading had the ball McAnuff posed the visitors serious problems and almost got the winner in the 77th minute. His wriggled free from the Liverpool defence inside the box and fired a shot at goal but it was tipped over well by Reina.

McCleary - 6

Decent outing and tried his best to add some attacking support for Reading down the right but was largely kept in check by Liverpool's Enrique.

Hunt (Off 79') - 7

Hunt's presence in attack kept Liverpool's centre-backs honest as he was always lurking and worked hard for his team-mates. And he must have thought he got his just reward in the 67th minute when he timed his run perfectly to get on the end of a Pogrebnyak cross - at full stretch his shot was brilliantly turned over by Reina though.

Pogrebnyak (Off 73') - 7

In some respects Pogrebnyak had a quiet game, but Reading didn't see too much of the ball so it's a questions of efficiency for the striker and he did OK in this department. When he did get chances to attack he asked some questions of Liverpool's defenders and it was his nice move down the left in the 67th minute which almost led to a Reading winner from Hunt.

SUBS:

Carrico (On 56') - 6
Came on but didn't have a major impact on the game.

Blackman (On 73') - 6.5
Provided fresh legs for Reading to hang on to their draw.

Le Fondre (On 79') - N/A


Liverpool

Reina - 7.5

In general, Reina had a pretty solid game with some good reflex saves but worryingly for Liverpool the goalkeeper still has moments of madness as perfectly illustrated in the second half when he came out for Morrison's throw-in and almost gifted the ball to the Royals with an empty goal at their mercy.

Enrique - 6.5

Won his head-to-head battle against McCleary and did well to stop Gunter from causing any damage via the overlap.

Johnson - 6.5

Early in the contest he was afforded with plenty of time and space down the right flank by Reading as the home side struggled to cope with Liverpool's movement. However, Johnson failed to make the most of it and as McAnuff began to grow into the game more the England full-back found himself having to do more defending than he probably would have liked.

Carragher - 7

The game might have turned into a routine Liverpool win instead of a frustrating goalless draw had Carragher not missed the target from a free header via a corner in the 22nd minute.

Agger - 6.5
A satisfactory afternoon for Agger without being too troubled. Defended crosses and set pieces well.

Lucas - 5.5

Lucas got booked and while his passing was decent but, his positioning on the defensive end was pretty average to say the least.

Henderson (Off 56') - 6

Henderson started on the left and allowed Liverpool's dynamic attacking line-up of Coutinho, Strurridge and Suarez the freedom to rotate. Faded badly as the game went on.

Gerrard - 7

Found his passing range early with some delightful balls to the right flank and continued to pass the ball well (63/77). His shooting wasn't the best and although you must pay credit to the goalkeeper for the saves, by Gerrard's own high standards he should have scored from some of the chances he was presented with.

Sturridge - 7

Sturridge was recalled to the starting XI to hand Liverpool fans the line-up they craved. With Sturridge, Coutinho and Suarez in attack, the interplay between the three Liverpool players was excellent for the most part. For example, it was a lovely dummy by Sturridge which set up Suarez for a one-v-one chance with the goalkeeper in the 15th minute but his goal bound effort was cleared off the line.

The England striker was also unlucky not to have scored as Reading goalkeeper McCarthy was unbeatable on the night - including a reflex save in the 45th minute after the ball fell nicely to Sturridge at the back post from a corner.

Suarez - 7

Liverpool had scored in their last 10 away league games and some better finishing from Suarez would kept the streak going on Saturday at Reading. Time and time again (especially in the last 10 minutes of the match) Suarez tried to beat Reading goalkeeper McCarthy but on every occasions the Uruguayan fell short.

Coutinho - 7

The Inter Milan reject looks right at home with Liverpool and some of the passes he played for his new team-mates were very impressive indeed. He also got into very good positions to score and one highlight of his saw a snapshot flash just wide of the post with the goalkeeper beaten.

SUBS:

Downing (On 56') - 6.5
Had a cheeky effort at McCarthy's near post fly off-target in the 83rd minute.

 



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