POST MATCH: Liverpool 1-0 Reading

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Only saw the second half - lots of missed chances again, however I really don't care as we kept that clean sheet and got 3 points!

Against better teams we would have conceded so still lots of work to do, but having come back from an international break I guess we were going to be a bit sloppy.

Onwards and upwards (I hope)
 

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Very happy with the 3 points. However just makes you wonder if only we had a clinical forward in our side we would have put this game to bed in the 1st 30mins. Suarez had a lot of chances he missed but he still had a great game and assissted Sterling's goal.

Sterling definitely my man of the match. Very happy for him to get his first professional goal and a brilliant finish at that. Hopefully he can score a few more this season! Also a special mention to Brad Jones who I though played really well.
 

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Will take wins like these against the lesser teams all season long. This is the kind of "United" performance we have been missing. Not really deserving to win the game but winning it anyway.

Suarez was fantastic again although I feel if we had a goal scoring striker he would excel much, much more. Enrique was very good when he came on and Jones had a fine game. Missed the first half though any idea how the others did? (Namely Sahin and Suso?)
 

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3 points.

It was jekyl and hyde performance but ill take the win. So many times in the past seasons we have seen the away team snatch an equaliser in games like this.

A dirty scrap in the second half defending a one nil lead is what the team needed.
 

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Suarez was fantastic again although I feel if we had a goal scoring striker he would excel much, much more. Enrique was very good when he came on and Jones had a fine game. Missed the first half though any idea how the others did? (Namely Sahin and Suso?)
Sahin was quietly effective. Made some purposeful runs into the box but there was some miscommunication between him and Suarez on more than one occasion. Helped control the tempo of the game.

Suso was effective with his passes. His dribbling pace also gave the Reading defenders no end of trouble. Had a shot which was deflected away by Suarez.
 

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Been discussed ad nauseum, Suarez or rather the team need another quality player at his level . The team some what suffered due to lack of option at squad depth today. The plus point is defense seemed to have tighten up and has ,in part , got us the win today.



And where the heck is Assaidi , is he even on bench
 

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As long as this awful shot accuracy ratio won't go up, we will struggle to finish off matches. Otherwise, there are plenty of positives to note:

- Jones was excellent at goal. He has improved massively it seems. Had a few important saves to make, and made them very well. Deserved clean sheet for him.

- solid defensive play throughout, no individual errors costing a goal. Wisdom excellent again.

- Excellent midfield play, resulting in a huge load of chances created.

- Sterling and Suso excellent, both with their vision and danger for the opposition.

- brillant first goal for Sterling, a thoroughly deserved one.


We were better in the first half than in the second, which probably had to do with tiring legs after the internationals, but it's good to see that everyone has come through unscathed, and that we managed to keep that lead until the end. That's the kind of games which we have struggled to win in recent seasons. We did it today, and that's good.
 

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Watching that made me feel why can the LBO men see the need for a proper striker to play next to Rooney at United but our 'we can compete with anyone' men lacked anywhere near the same clout or ambition to do likewise

It's the same as last year but without the Carroll will come good pipe dream. We had a game at home to QPR last year exactly like this

Team doesn't have any composure back to front and hasn't for several years

But Sterling and Jones did have just a bit more than the rest

Won't work against everyone playing like this. This lot are jaff and no better than Norwich

Corner nowhere near been turned yet IMO though we did just enough
 

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Watching that made me feel why can the LBO men see the need for a proper striker to play next to Rooney at United but our 'we can compete with anyone' men lacked anywhere near the same clout or ambition to do likewise

It's the same as last year but without the Carroll will come good pipe dream. We had a game at home to QPR last year exactly like this

Team doesn't have any composure back to front and hasn't for several years

But Sterling and Jones did have just a bit more than the rest

Won't work against everyone playing like this. This lot are jaff and no better than Norwich

Corner nowhere near been turned yet IMO though we did just enough
Bit unfair on Norwich if you ask me.
 

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Would like to make a special mention for three players. Thought Stevie was brilliant today. Did enough defensive duties, and almost every forward movement was through him. Wisdom looked decent too. Won everything in the air that came at him. And lastly Jones did a solid job. No 'should I catch or should I punch?' hesitations. Pepe looked a bit worried. Pretty pleased by the win. :-)
 

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3 points, A clean sheet, a nice finish from Sterling, Enrique looked good going forwards.

This is going to be a frustrating season. We are just so wasteful infront of goal. We probably need to sign 2 strikers as a minimum. 1 to start, one for the bench. Until that happens we are going to struggle, as Suarez couldn't hit a the side of a Barn with a bloody beach ball from 2 inches.

We need to blow ALOT of cash on CENTRE FORWARDS. Not someone who can do a job there, a specialist goal scorer, who does all his work in the box.
 

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers after beating Reading 1-0 for his first home win as Reds boss: "It's brilliant for the players but we thoroughly deserved it. I thought in the first half we were particularly very good. In the last 20 minutes maybe we needed to manage the game better. It's a great day for the players and fans."
 

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We probably need to sign 2 strikers as a minimum. 1 to start, one for the bench.
What's the point of having a youth system if you're going to put that many players between them and the first team? No more than one striker, for me, but it has to be someone relatively older (27-29) and with the correct skillset. This could be available in January, but this is such an important issue that I am willing to wait until summer if need be. But what I absolutely do not want to see is backtracking from our use of youth players. IMO, Yesil is good enough to be third choice now and thus definitely good enough to be fourth choice if we get someone like Huntelaar.

Edit: Incidentally, I'm more concerned about getting Lucas back in shape properly this time than I am about finding a striker. Youth strikers we can make work, but the mountain of evidence is growing that our team is less functional without a player like Lucas. I'm less worried about the goalscoring problems than I am about how long it is taking our midfield to start running games consistently-- and that doesn't just mean from game-to-game; that's from one 20 minute period to the next. If we start killing teams properly in midfield, our problems up top are alleviated somewhat.
 

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that was quite a nervy ending for the club....however, i am very worried at suarez's finishing....today we are very lucky that reading strikers' finishing is worst than suarez ....the problem with suarez's shortcoming over the season so far and the previous season is so obvious. it seems as well, we cannot handle teams that play rough..in other words, why are the club's coaches doing???

however, there are some stuff to be happy about...enrique seems quite comfortable at the left midfielder role and he thrives there as well which spells doom for downing's career at liverpool....i wouldn't be surprised if one day robinson plays the left back role with enrique protecting him further up and the same for the right side as well ( wisdom and johnson)
 

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Very ugly win. Deserved to win on the numbers of chances created but if that was the determining factor we should have won the EPL last year. Suarez should have scored atleast a hattrick, Sterling, Sahin, Johnson - all missed good opportunities. Offensively great without a finish but defensively we have a big problem in the middle of the park.
 

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[quote name='Borini's Knife' timestamp='1350749550' post='15497']
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers after beating Reading 1-0 for his first home win as Reds boss: "It's brilliant for the players but we thoroughly deserved it. I thought in the first half we were particularly very good. In the last 20 minutes maybe we needed to manage the game better. It's a great day for the players and fans."
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Now that's what I call positive spin. In reality it was another three points excruciatingly earned because we haven't got a decent striker.

Don't get me wrong, it's a big relief to win a game that we should win, but if we'd have let a better team than Reading get at us like we let them do today, we'd have been ripped. Because the defensive side of our game is a bit of a shambles and we haven't got Lucas to protect the back four, we'll need to outscore the opposition at times and we haven't a hope of doing that with our current lack of firepower.
 

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Shitty stream so not much to say but that I'm happy w/ the 3 points. Looked very tired from internationals in the 2nd. Moving up the table. Less negativity in here after our second league win of the season wouldn't go amiss.
 

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What's the point of having a youth system if you're going to put that many players between them and the first team? No more than one striker, for me, but it has to be someone relatively older (27-29) and with the correct skillset. This could be available in January, but this is such an important issue that I am willing to wait until summer if need be. But what I absolutely do not want to see is backtracking from our use of youth players. IMO, Yesil is good enough to be third choice now and thus definitely good enough to be fourth choice if we get someone like Huntelaar.
agreed....since the transfer window is closed, let's just have faith in the younger strikers in the reserve and youth team...
 

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I wonder if we could try playing sterling in an eto type role where gerrard and suarez can feed him through passes.
 

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agreed....since the transfer window is closed, let's just have faith in the younger strikers in the reserve and youth team...
Except they arent getting on the bench

I don't think we can afford to keep doing that with our bench. Got to have a forward on there of some description. This situation is no good at all

Won't get away with it for ever. Suarez is a bit of a bionic man but we will be cursing last summers stupidity more often than not, more so if he ends up injured. Quite a few after playing a midweek game in LaPaz would have crocked themselves. Pushing our luck, we really are and only have our lack of foresight and ambition to blame. Sick of us running great players in to the ground because we are too clueless and cheapskatey to make sure they have adequate cover or support. Look at torres, never injured now, since he left us. Look what we did to Lucas by overplaying him last year, lost a year in his career and may well be struggling to recapture his best. We dont learn a thing there. Rodgers has to start finding another option to go up front, even if it is a kid. Suarez's finishing was at its worst today but had he been a United and Chelsea player and had played a game up in the clouds in Bolivia just a few days ago, no way would he have played today. Its fucking stupid really

Thankfully Sterling is as good as he is really...at 17 he's by far our best wide attacking outlet. I am not sure Assaidi is seen more than a squad filler on cut price wages, albeit at least a willing one. But with Raheem, I am impressed because I cant recall him having a bad game for us yet. Maybe been too used to shit left wingers over the years, like Jova and Downing but nevertheless, hes been impressive

Brad Jones was a worry of mine but he was one of the few who looked composed. Pleased for him though, a good guy and a real trier
 

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I like that Jones confidently takes everything in the air. No good in distribution, but that is a nice change from Reina- less skittishness w/the the ball in the air.
 



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Now that's what I call positive spin. In reality it was another three points excruciatingly earned because we haven't got a decent striker.

Don't get me wrong, it's a big relief to win a game that we should win, but if we'd have let a better team than Reading get at us like we let them do today, we'd have been ripped. Because the defensive side of our game is a bit of a shambles and we haven't got Lucas to protect the back four, we'll need to outscore the opposition at times and we haven't a hope of doing that with our current lack of firepower.
Pretty much this. Pleased with the way we are attacking, absolutely delighted with young Sterling's goal but defensively we are a shambles. Allowing a team like Reading to create chances out of virtually nothing is really worrying and it's not just Lucas' absence that's causing it.

Rodgers needs to sort it out and fast.
 

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a wins a win which is the most important thing. however as always we dominate possession, have umpteen chances and can't score (i know we got one). just highlights where our shortfalls are which was apparent to every person in football. we need forwards who can put the ball in the net. we got rid of our strikeforce and didn't replace it with anyone (well bar borini). so we'll be struggling for goals until we do something to rectify it. thankfully we weren't punished for our wastefulness. it won't always be like that though.

fingers crossed we can use this result to bound on. we'll see though.
 

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What's the point of having a youth system if you're going to put that many players between them and the first team? No more than one striker, for me, but it has to be someone relatively older (27-29) and with the correct skillset. This could be available in January, but this is such an important issue that I am willing to wait until summer if need be. But what I absolutely do not want to see is backtracking from our use of youth players. IMO, Yesil is good enough to be third choice now and thus definitely good enough to be fourth choice if we get someone like Huntelaar.

Edit: Incidentally, I'm more concerned about getting Lucas back in shape properly this time than I am about finding a striker. Youth strikers we can make work, but the mountain of evidence is growing that our team is less functional without a player like Lucas. I'm less worried about the goalscoring problems than I am about how long it is taking our midfield to start running games consistently-- and that doesn't just mean from game-to-game; that's from one 20 minute period to the next. If we start killing teams properly in midfield, our problems up top are alleviated somewhat.
Damn straight.

BR brought Allen and Sahin and promoted Suso to try and get the midfield playing the way that he wanted it to, but without a real enforcer (lucas) to put the bite on the opposition there's always the chance that they'll actually start to dominate us like even lowly Reading did for periods today. Our midfield looks good if the opposition sit back and let us play, but if they want to mix it in the middle..... It was the same last season when we lost Lucas to injury because no cover for him at DM had been brought in. Unbelievably the same oversight occured this season with the result that Allen, Sahin and Stevie are all being asked by turns to play out of position in order to compensate.

I don't believe we'll see the midfield ticking over properly until either Lucas is back or we actually buy proper DM cover for him at long last; Allen for sure is having to play deeper than he would naturally play so we haven't seen the best of him yet. Likewise Sahin hasn't got the freedom to express himself because he has to continually hold his attacking instincts in check because there's often no one behind him. Stevie should obviously be looking to attack the opposition pen whenever he can but that's not on without having a really effective presence playing in the defensive hole.
 

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Suarez played some beautiful crosses and though balls and only his finishing was poor. If we had a Cavani or Falcau type striker we would certainly be scoring so many of these chances.

Disclaimer: I am not saying we are signing either of these players