Liverpool vs. Reading: Score, Highlights and Grades

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIOctober 20, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool competes with Jimmy Kebe of Reading during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Reading at Anfield on October 20, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool got a much-needed 1-0 win over Reading, a game in which they largely dominated.

With 25 shots to Reading's 10, and a 60-40 advantage in ball possession, Liverpool certainly earned this victory.

Two players who stood out for Liverpool would be Raheem Sterling and keeper Brad Jones.

Sterling scored the only goal of the match, while Brad Jones made some spectacular saves to keep Reading scoreless. Luis Suarez was also excellent, setting up Sterling's goal and getting a few chances of his own.

For Reading, keeper Alex McCarthy played a large role in Reading's ability to keep this match close. He had a tough task in dealing with the Liverpool attack, but managed seven saves in eight shots on goal.

Here are grades and highlights for the game's top players.


Raheem Sterling—B+

Sterling was dynamic today, scoring his first EPL goal and handling the ball very effectively.

Sterling's goal was picture-perfect, as he found space in the defense and put the ball precisely where it needed to be to get it past the keeper.

While Sterling didn't score again, he succeeded in consistently finding spaces in the defense and setting up the attack. He set up Daniel Agger for a chance to score, but Reading's solid defense stopped that advance.

All in all, Sterling was a top performer today, and he deserves a lot of credit for becoming a force in the EPL.


Luis Suarez—B

Suarez set up Sterling's goal with a superb pass, and he generally handled the ball very effectively today.

The only knock on Suarez was his inability to score on a very good chance. Still, he set up the attack well. He especially showed great chemistry with Sterling, something that Liverpool supporters have to be excited about.


Brad Jones—A

Liverpool could not ask for a better performance from its keeper. Jones saved all three of Reading's shots on goal. 

Jones was able to snuff out every advance by Reading, and he deserves credit for one of his best matches of the season.


Alex McCarthy—B+

Even though McCarthy gave up the deciding goal, he was otherwise excellent today. With seven saves, McCarthy constantly snuffed out exciting Liverpool advances.

With better defense, McCarthy very well could have come out a victor today, with this performance. Unfortunately, McCarthy was not helped much by the rest of his club, as they were thoroughly beaten by Liverpool for most of the match.


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