Royals boss on a gutsy Anfield battle
"We've come to Anfield and I think we've been unfortunate not to get a point. So we move on with a lot of positives today.
"It was funny because all the passing movement that they created didn't really hurt us, and yet one ball over the top got them in and he finished it really well.
"We've got to start the game at 3 o'clock, we've got to get going in games straight away, pass it like we can.
"I see us in training every day, I know we can pass it, I know we can play, and we've got pace in our team.
"In the second half today our distances were better, we stepped onto the game, passed it, got it wide, had chances and we're disappointed we didn't get anything.
McDermott's plans took a body blow with the withdrawal of injured midfielder Jem Karacan early in the game, but Brian was pleased with the way the team adapted.
"But I thought we still acquitted ourselves really well with Jobi going into midfield. We know he can play there and Garath came on and we had a couple of opportunities where we managed to get ourselves in.
"We had a big challenge last season to get into this league after the start we had. We want to take the challenge on and we are.
And that comes at home to Fulham next weekend. "I'm looking forward to getting back home, I really am," McDermott added.
"Coming to Madejski Stadium is never easy. And we have two home games coming up now and I can't wait for them."