Liverpool vs. Reading: Preview and TV Schedule

Clive Brunskill

Liverpool face what should be a straightforward encounter against Reading at Anfield, but the Reds cannot take anything for granted at the moment.

Liverpool have the perfect opportunity to arrest their poor form with a home match against 18th-placed Reading.

The Royals have had a mixed start to life in the Premier League, and will not be expected to get anything from their trip to Anfield, although with the Reds in poor form themselves, could still hope to emerge with some of the spoils.

Injury to Fabio Borini sees Brendan Rodgers' side with just one fit recognised striker in their entire squad. Luis Suarez has carried Liverpool already so far this season, but the Reds will now have to pray he remains fit too. With Pepe Reina also possibly out, even a game as straightforward as this has it's dangers for Liverpool.

The fixture will have special significance for Royals boss Brian McDermott - a 2-1 away win in the League Cup in January 2012 against Liverpool was his first ever victory in charge of Reading, a position he stepped into after the departure of the previous boss... Brendan Rodgers. The history between the two managers should held to ensure an intriguing match-up.

Liverpool injuries and suspensions

Out: Fabio Borini (foot) Doubtful: Pepe Reina (hamstring)

Reading injuries and suspensions

Doubtful: Noel Hunt (heel)

There are few injury problems for either side, but Liverpool's two absentees could spell real trouble - Luis Suarez is their only fit recognised striker, and Pepe Reina, though in poor form, does not have proven backup should he fail to pass fit for today's game.

Match Date/Time: 3 p.m. local, 10 a.m. ET

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England

TV: Sportsnet World Plus (Canada)

Online: Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.), Sportsnet World Online (Canada)

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