Last Updated: 13/04/13 4:53pm
A master-class performance from McCarthy, as well as a host of poor efforts from Liverpool, secures Reading a point from a match that everything but a goal.
Gerrard going for goal and the ball moves viciously in the air, but the brilliant McCarthy can't be beaten.
Positive burst from Sturridge out on the left, with only Enrique in support and the Reds full-back lose the ball trying to create room to score.
Foul by Gerrard on Blackman, but the yellow card goes to Enrique for kicking the ball away in frustration.
Moments after his previous show-stopper, McCarthy makes the save to cool Suarez's early goal celebrations.
Lovely lay-off from Johnson for Gerrard, but another blinder of a save from McCarthy to deny the Reds skipper.
Gerrard finds Sturridge out on the right, who then sets up Downing. The replacement deceives the 'keeper who goes to his right and the shot comes in at his left, but into the side-netting.
No surprise as Suarez is left fuming at the linesman's call for offside he looked to meet Gerrard's through ball.
McAnuff's looping cross from the right for Le Fondre fails to find the replacement striker, the ball also beating fellow substitute Blackman.
Suarez throws his head back in anguish as his free-kick from the left slides wide of McCarthy and his near post.
Reina alive to the situation as McAnuff wiggles his way free to take the shot from out in front, only for the Reds stopper to make a good finger-tip save over the bar.
Reading free-kick from the right sees Carragher put in a commanding header to clear the danger from the away goalmouth.
Sturridge whips the ball into the box from the right to find Coutinho, but the former Inter Milan man can't finish off with too little time on the ball.
Liverpool not having it all their own way in the second period as Lucas succumbs to the pressure and skews the ball into touch.
Good spell from the home side on attack as Agger is called into action to sweep the ball away at the back.
What was Reina thinking as he came out for Morrison's throw-in and almost gifted the ball to the Royals with an empty goal at their mercy.
Reading, now, pushing up strongly, with Sean Morrison out on the by-line to launch another long throw-in.
Fantastic reflex save from Reina denies Hunt from close-range, who slid in to meet McCleary's ball from the left.
Good tee-up from Sturridge for Coutinho, who fizzes in a shot out for the bottom right corner, McCarthy rooted to the spot as he watches the ball into touch.
Tackle by Downing on McAnuff, who invites the challenge just inside the 18-yard area on the left, but Clattenburg is well-placed to signal a goal-kick.
Downing with a deep ball out to the left for Sturridge, but the latter opts to stay put otherwise risk being flagged offside.
Some of the passing from Reading has been quite sloppy today as a decent ball up field ends up straight into touch.
Neither side making much of the play going forward, with Liverpool hacking the ball up field from the back.
With the introduction of Downing by Rodgers, the travelling Reds faithful can maybe expect to see more attacking chances, just hopefully they don't waste them.
Daniel Carrico is Adkins' first change as Karan is withdrawn, while Henderson comes off for Downing.
Sturridge looks to be limping quite heavily, as Stewart Downing looks to warming up down the sidelines.
The Reds make a bit of a hash of their latest attack as hey fussy about on the ball, seemingly trying to "walk the ball" into the back of the net.
A bit more care in retaining the ball from the Royals would allow them more chances to attack Reina's goal.
Total lack of communication between Guthrie and McAnuff sees a decent attacking opportunity go a-begging., Suarez with a tame effort on goal at the other end
McAnuff with a good run earns the Royals a free-kick in a good area out on the left after Sturridge's challenge, but the set-piece comes to naught.
No changes from either manager, but maybe a change in urgency from both sides to push up and make the most of their opportunities.
Liverpool will lose 1-0. Do the people predicting a Liverpool demolition not remember how toothless we can be. Reading will be more likely to score the longer we don't. Darren Toal
Hi im James. I think it will be raining goals. Reading 2-4 liverpool. Suarez with 2 and sturridge with 1 and henderson with the other
Suarez is offsides as Liverpool will head into the changing rooms at half-time surely preparing for some backlash from Rodgers, with the Reds having failed to make the most of their plethora of chances on goal in the first 45 minutes.
Another promising attack from the Reds, the ball finally falling to Henderson whose shot is deflected out for a corner.
Liverpool survive Reading's free-kick from the right and look to launch a counter-attack through Sturridge, but his final shot on goal is below-par.
Lucas goes into Mark Clattenburg's book for a cynical tackle on McCleary as he looked to cut into the box from the right.
Henderson makes good run down the right, but his ball into the area is too deep and Luis Enrique fails to gather.
The Reds hold off another quick breakout from the Royals, McAnuff's cross to the right eventually too long for Guthrie to chase.
Tremendous break from the Reds with Sturridge taking the ball down the right and comes inside, his sliced shot on goal finding Coutinho in the box, but the Brazilian's shot is poor.
Liverpool struggle to get the ball into the final third despite their recent dominance of possession.
Nigel Adkins barking instructions from the sidelines, likely urging his players to take better care of the ball.
Reading gift possession back to Liverpool again, yet it must be frustrating for Rodgers' men as they fail to make the Royals' sloppy ball retention pay in a goal.
Royals giveaway the ball over the halfway line and Sturridge ends up in a good scoring position inside the area, but McCarthy makes the low save. Gerrard takes a pop on the rebound, but is effort is blocked.
Liverpool having to withstand a Royals bombardment on their goalmouth from left and right, with the ball finally hacked clear by Daniel Agger.
Royals fail to make much of their corner-kick from the left, Reina gathering and then launching the ball up the park.
Liverpool back having to play from almost their goal-line with Reina coming out of his box to try and get the ball further up field.
Jem Karacan clatters into the advertising boards chasing a long ball forward that ultimately a lost cause.
Coutinho with a precise pass for Johnson out on the right, but the Reds full-back's delivery for Sturridge is clattered out of bounds for a goal-kick.
Delightful interplay between Suarez and Sturridge, the latter taking a shot on goal from the edge of the area but it's way over the crossbar.
Jamie Carragher gets his head on the end of the corner-kick in what would've been an unlikely source of a goal had he found the back of the net.
Suarez finds Sturridge on the run, but the England forward's strike is saved by McCarthy, who then has to make another stop to steer Philippe Coutinho's shot on the rebound out.
Liverpool playing dangerously on the ball in front of their own goal with Pogrebnyak and Hunt lurking.
Hunt puts the ball out of play for a corner as Steven Gerrad's long ball forward for Sturridge worries the defence.
The hosts forced to track back as the visitors send waves forward and there's a sense that it is only a matter of time that Liverpool open their account.
The Reds certainly making all of the running at the moment as Suarez yet again causes problems as he rises for a ball into the box from the right, only for McCarthey to punch clear.
Great defence from the Royals to keep Liverpool at bay as Suarez's attempt at breaking the deadlock as injected some live into the match.
Wonderful passing movement from the Reds ends with Suarez dinking the ball on goal, but Chris Gunter is well-placed to make a great goal-line clearance header.
Casual approach from Reina in dealing with Danny Guthrie's ball from the right into the area almost provides Noel Hunt with a header on goal.
Suarez's ball forward for Daniel Sturridge to chase is just too long and Alex McCarthey gathers easily.
The Reds, again, having to build from the back and employing stringent tactics to work the ball up field.
Luis Suarez passes back to Jordan Henderson to send the ball out wide for Johnson, but the ball is in the end given back to the home side.
The Royals playing a high-attacking line and forcing the Reds to play from deep inside their own half.
I reckon this will be a high scoring, open game. Liverpool need to win if they want to finish in the top 6 and Reading are playing for pride now. They need a strong finish to the season because they owe it to their fans. Reading 2 - 3 Liverpool. Kamran from Nottingham
If Reading are to keep their slim survival hopes alive, they must win this game this afternoon, or they will be down! My prediction: Reading 1-3 Liverpool. Chris Green from Huddersfield.
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Jimmy Kebe misses out for Reading because of a groin problem, along with fellow midfielder Hope Akpan who is out nursing an ankle injury.
Daniel Sturridge returns to Liverpool's starting line-up in place of Stewart Downing as Brendan Rodgers makes one change to the side which drew with West Ham. However, the Reds will again be without Raheem Sterling as Rodgers continues to manage the teenage winger's thigh injury.
Away from home Liverpool have arguably been far more impressive, scoring in their last 10 away games; in fact they have led at the break in four of their last six trips to bottom-six teams and are 10/11 with Sky Bet to do so again on Saturday. Unsurprisingly Luis Suarez is a short-priced favourite to net the first goal for the visitors at 9/4 and it's 8/15 for the striker to net anytime and Liverpool to win.
Liverpool, meanwhile, still hold hopes of European qualification, but need to bounce back from the goalless draw against West Ham at Anfield if they want to stay in touch with their top-five rivals. Despite the blips against Southampton and the Hammers, the Reds have still won four of their last six fixtures.
Reading will be looking for their first points under new manager Nigel Adkins, who has overseen two games in charge of the Royals but lost both to Arsenal and his former club Southampton respectively. Those two losses mean Reading are now on a losing run of eight matches, leaving them at the foot of the Premier League table, eight points adrift of safety.