Goalkeeper previews Liverpool tripGoalkeeper Alex McCarthy has described Saturday's visit to Anfield as a 'massive game' against one of England's most successful clubs.
The match will be a welcome return for the Royals following the international break - and McCarthy is champing at the bit to get back into action in the Barclays Premier League.
"It's a massive game," said McCarthy. "These are the ones that you look forward to in your career so I really can't wait.
"It's a huge club so you kind of have to pinch yourself - but we played Man City and Everton in the cup before so we'll be prepared. I've played at Anfield before in a youth game but playing in the Premier League with a full crowd will be unbelievable.
"We've gone three games unbeaten so you could say that it's a good time to play Liverpool. Hopefully we can take the positives out of the previous games and get a good result."
Reflecting on his time so far at Reading, McCarthy recognised the importance of going out loan - and how that has enabled him to eventually vie for that elusive number one jersey.
"Going out on loan has got me to where I am now. You need experience to boost your career so I'm thankful to those clubs.
"Sal (Bibbo) has been excellent - every day we work on things and I want to improve with him so I'm better each game.
"You don't want an easy ride in the team where you know you're playing every week - you want competition. It pushes you on and makes you a better player.
"We have some great goalkeepers here, but now I've got my chance I want to keep it. Playing in the Premier League is the best achievement as a player and I want to stay here."