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McCarthy: "I can't wait"

17 October 2012

Goalkeeper previews Liverpool trip

Goalkeeper 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."

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