Royals midfielder hails 'fantastic' Anfield

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Reading midfielder Jem Karacan insists their Premier League trip to Liverpool on Saturday holds no fears for them.

Sky Sports reports how the Royals beat the Reds 2-1 at Anfield in an FA Cup replay in January 2010, providing them with reason for optimism ahead of the weekend clash.

It's a game that will also see Brian McDermott come face to face with his predecessor at the Madejski Stadium, Brendan Rodgers, who spent a short time at the helm of the Berkshire club.

Despite a slow start to the 2012/13 campaign in terms of points, Reading have impressed on more than one occasion, and will be hoping to deliver a positive performance on Merseyside on Saturday.

"We've beaten Liverpool there before - we're not scared of them," Karacan told the Reading Chronicle. "We just want to go out in every game and prove to people what we can do.

"Anfield is a fantastic place to play - one of the best stadiums in the world. We just need to go there and do what we have been doing in our last couple of games."

The opportunity for Reading to travel to a club like Liverpool, so steeped in history, and to test their Premier League credentials against established senior pros, is a notion not lost on Karacan, with the former Turkish U21 captain still getting used to life in England's top-flight.

"I played against Liverpool twice in the FA Cup a couple of years ago," he explained. "To be able to glance over at an opponent of Steven Gerrard's calibre is a real pleasure.

"Hopefully the team can go there and do as well as we did before."

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