Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool not missing Andy Carroll

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has found his feet on loan at West Ham. Photo: PA

Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool are comfortable with the decision to loan Andy Carroll to West Ham despite yesterday's goalless Premier League draw with Reading.

The Reds amassed 15 shots on target at the Madejski Stadium yet were unable of finding a way past a stunning performance from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who made a succession of world-class saves.

While they were drawing a blank against relegation-doomed Reading, the player they loaned to West Ham at the start of the season was busy scoring his fifth goal in seven matches in the 1-1 draw at Southampton.

"It's not at all unfortunate [for Liverpool] that Andy's scoring goals. We're the fourth-highest goalscorers in the league, so scoring hasn't been a problem for us," Rodgers said.

"Andy's situation is really simple. He didn't want to stay and be on the bench. He wanted to play games.

"You always try to find solutions to break down the opposition. We broke down Reading, we just came up against a keeper that was inspired.

"We can have no complaints this year, we've scored many goals. But in the last two games we just haven't been able to produce the goal, which sometimes happens.

"But we've kept a clean sheet as well. That's 13 clean sheets, which is one of the best records in the league.

"These are marginal gains that we'll take, but we know we have to finish off games like that in the future."

Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge were repeatedly denied by the remarkable McCarthy, who was playing his first match since November 4 after recovering from shoulder surgery.

It was Liverpool's second successive draw and while Rodgers accepts they should have won, he is happy with the progress being made by his team.

"Normally we'd expect to win that game. It's a point when it should have been three. Our aim is to finish as high as we possibly can," he said.

"We didn't make a great start to the season, but since that opening 13-14 games we've really pushed on. But we're disappointed not have to picked up three points this week and last week.

"It's a process and what I'm seeing all the time is the hunger, spirit and determination of the team.

"It's a real creative performance, but just wasn't to be. We just have to lick our wounds and move on."

Bottom club Reading were outclassed for most of the match and their failure to win has nudged them closer to relegation, but manager Nigel Adkins refuses to be despondent.

"We won't wait for relegation. We'll just keep working on the training ground and take each game as it comes," Adkins said.

"The atmosphere in the stadium was really good, the supporters got behind the players and the team gave the fans something to cheer so there's a lot of positivity around the place."