Skipper Jobi McAnuff
was inspired by the Royals' valiant second half performance at Anfield - but admits that the team need to be at the races for the full 90 minutes.
A singular goal from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in the first half was the difference between the two sides on Saturday - and Jobi accepted that the Royals weren't themselves until after the interval.
"In the first half we weren't anywhere where we needed to be to get a result in this league," McAnuff told Reading FC Player
. "We didn't really pose any problems and we made it too easy for them.
"We came out in the second half and gave it a really good go. We were a lot more like our usual selves - but we can't just expect to turn up for 45 minutes and get a win, especially at Anfield."
Jobi came agonisingly close to scoring in the Royals' last visit to Anfield - and nearly bagged his first Premier League goal at the same arena - but for some fine saves from Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones. But the captain remained optimistic, and is confident that the Royals will get results in this league.
"He (Jones) made some decent saves today and it just wasn't meant to be today - but I'll keep plugging away!
"We feel we're good enough to get results in this league - in patches we've shown that. It's all about putting it together now."