Shaun Cummings looks to build on Swansea resultBy Jonathan Low
October 18, 2012
Shaun Cummings says Reading will treat this Saturday’s game with Liverpool at Anfield in a similar way to their match with Swansea just over a week ago.
The right-back believes the two sides play in a similar fashion and the Royals can utilise the experience they gained from the 2-2 draw with the Swans in Wales.
“I know Brendan Rodgers really well,” said the 23-year-old.
“It will be the same game plan of keeping the ball and passing it around.
“We had that against Swansea in our last league game so looking back on that, we are going to take the Liverpool match in a similar way.
“They’re going to want to keep and pass the ball.”
Cummings knows the Reds boss from his time both at Chelsea and Reading.
He joined the Chelsea academy when he was just 12 where Rodgers was a coach, and after loan spells at Milton Keynes Dons and West Bromwich Albion, signed for the then Royals manager on a three-year contract back in September 2009.
The defender says he is confident the Royals are more than capable of getting a result at one of the world’s most iconic stadiums.
“It’s about focusing on what we’ve got to do.
“We don’t like to think too much into what this Liverpool side can do.
“They’ve been in the Premier League for a number of years now, so we’ve got to prove ourselves and show why we deserve to be in the league as well.”
Liverpool currently lie in 14th place in the Premier League, with the 5-2 victory at Norwich their only three points from the league so far this season. Their home form has been disappointing, having obtained just two points from the four games they have played so far at Anfield.
The Reds can boast an array of attacking talent, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson having the potential to change a game in an instant.
However, Cummings says it is about the assessing the whole team, not just the star men.
“We don’t identify individuals as threats.
“It is whoever is on the teamsheet on the day and that’s who you’ve got to play against.
“You’ve got to know the strengths and weaknesses of the team and take that into the game.
“But there is always belief around here that we can get a positive result.”
The defender, who is out of contract with the Royals next summer, has played just three times so far this season.
Summer signing from Nottingham Forest Chris Gunter started the campaign as Reading’s first choice right-back.
But after a mixed batch of results, Cummings was given his opportunity to stake his claim for a regular starting spot.
He was brought into the side by Brian McDermott for the Capital One cup game against Queens Park Rangers last month which the Royals won 3-2, and then played in the following two league games against Newcastle and Swansea, which both ended 2-2.
Meanwhile, loanees Mikkel Andersen and Jordan Obita will have their contracts with League One side Portsmouth extended for a further month.
The two were on month-long contracts and have signed for another month.