The exciting winger became the Redsâ€™ second-youngest Premier League goalscorer behind Michael Owen at 17 years and 317 days when he netted in the 29th minute to lead the side to a much-needed win.
Sterling got on the end of Luis Suarezâ€™s clever flick-on to shoot across Royals keeper Alex McCarthy as Brendan Rodgersâ€™ men dominated for much of proceedings.
27 shots on goal was the end result for the home side as Pepe Reinaâ€™s understudy Brad Jones kept a clean sheet to help send Liverpool to 11th spot whilst Brian McDermottâ€™s Reading fell to second bottom.
Anfield, Liverpool â€“ 44,874
Yellow cards: LIV - Daniel Agger 57â€™
REA - Adrian Mariappa 90+1â€™