With only four places separating these two you would be forgiven for putting it down as an early season 6 pointer but one of the teams is Liverpool so you’d expect a decent run of form to be just around the corner for Brendan Rodgers side.
Still yet to get a rhythm going under the Northern Irishman’s philosophy this is a chance to get a third win in a row in all competitions for Liverpool but Reading will have more than something to say about it.
Unbeaten in three games against Premiership opposition and having given away a 2 goal lead in their last game away at Swansea, Brian McDermott will no doubt start with the same eleven who started at the Liberty stadium. This means that the Liverpool defence will have to watch the wings as many a cross will be sent in looking for Pavel Pogrebnyak or Noel Hunt.
With Reina doubtful for this one and Fabio Borini injured Liverpool now only have one recognised striker and he averaged a goal every 11 shots last season. Luis Suarez can turn on the style when he wants to, as shown against Norwich two season running, but the ugly side of his game was more apparent against Stoke which, although needs to be addressed, says a lot about English football when Suarez diving takes centre stage ahead of Robert Huth stamping on his chest.
This will be a game for Liverpool’s young guns to impress with the likes of Sterling and Suso in contention to start. If Rodgers wants to win he will have to sprinkle some of that magic he used last season at Swansea and get his midfielder’s scoring. Luckily Sahin has settled quickly and even though he was pretty invisible at Stoke in the last round of fixtures he will be looking to get his name on the score sheet if picked ahead of Jonjo Shelvey.
Even though on paper this should be a Liverpool win I can’t help but feel an upset is on the cards. Anfield is no longer the fortress that it used to be and Reading have begun to steadily grow in confidence this season. The lack of striking options will worry most Liverpool fans and considering the dodginess of Reading’s goalkeepers, until the game against Swansea when Alex McCarthy won them a point, it would have been the kind of game Andy Carroll would revel in.
It’s most likely that this game ends in 1-0 to the home team but after looking at the odds I’ve put a cheeky bet on Reading causing an upset and would suggest you do the same if it takes your fancy.