Reading v Liverpool – Match preview and team news

Nigel Adkins is still in search of his first point since being appointed Reading manager as the Royals continue to tumble towards the Championship.

After already being in a difficult position when put in charge to succeed Brian McDermott, Adkins has suffered losses to both Arsenal and more demoralisingly, at home to former club Southampton to leave the Royals rock-bottom of the Premier League table, with the increasingly unlikely task of having to overturn an eight-point deficit with only six games to go.

Adkins continues to be without winger Jimmy Kebe (groin) and striker Jason Roberts (thigh), while midfielder Hope Akpan is a major doubt due to the ankle injury picked up in the defeat to Southampton last week.

Liverpool meanwhile remain in the hunt for Europa League football next season with a fight for the top just looking beyond them. Indeed, Brendan Rodgers has called for great consistency from his side, who are capable of defeating Tottenham Hotspur one week only to lose at Southampton before drawing meekly at home to West Ham in the following few.

The Merseysiders will be without winger Raheem Sterling due to the teenager’s ongoing issue with his thigh while fellow wideman Stewart Downing’s illness may seem him replaced by Daniel Sturridge, who will be flanked in attack by Philippe Coutinho and the Premier League’s top goalscorer, Luis Suarez.

Fabio Borini, Joe Allen and Martin Kelly are all ruled out for the season with shoulder and knee injuries.

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