Liverpool 5-1 Hull City

24 Sep

Liverpool players celebrate James Milner's (second from left) converted penalty


James Milner’s two penalties made it three goals for the season for the former England international

Liverpool claimed a third straight Premier League win courtesy of an emphatic victory over 10-man Hull.

The Reds controlled the game and led through Adam Lallana’s low shot.

Ahmed Elmohamady saw red for handball in the box, with James Milner scoring from the spot before Sadio Mane added a third for the home side.

David Meyler lashed in for Hull but Philippe Coutinho’s long-range strike and a second Milner penalty underlined the home side’s dominance.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are now third in the table and the division’s second-top scorers behind Manchester City, with 16 goals in six matches – 11 of those coming in their last three.

The result is a second heavy defeat in a week for Hull – following the 4-1 home loss to Arsenal – and another chastening experience for caretaker boss Mike Phelan, whose long-term future is yet to be resolved.

Liverpool ‘gegenpress’ home their advantage

Whatever term you use to describe the tactical approach of Klopp, the benefits have been clear to see now that his squad have had time to digest the message.

The Reds’ front five will rightly take most of the plaudits for their movement, skill and finishing, but that should not detract from the contribution of the other outfield players, whose work-rate provided the platform for victory.

Liverpool were more energetic and more aggressive throughout, harrying the Hull players and denying them any time to think, let alone pick a pass.

It was only a matter of time before they established an advantage, which came through Lallana’s low shot from inside the box following a driving run and pass from Coutinho.

Elmohamady’s handball on the line then led to his dismissal and the first of Milner’s successful spot-kicks.

More goals were inevitable and came through Sane’s low finish, Coutinho’s brilliant long-range effort and Milner’s second penalty – awarded for Andrew Robertson’s foul on substitute Daniel Sturridge.

The home side should really have scored more – Georginio Wijnaldum particularly wasteful with two close-range volleys – but it was nevertheless an afternoon of overwhelming positives for Liverpool.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Liverpool 5, Hull City 1.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 5, Hull City 1.

Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Foul by Marko Grujic (Liverpool).

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marko Grujic.

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool).

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Abel Hernández (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Liverpool. Marko Grujic replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Substitution, Liverpool. Emre Can replaces Jordan Henderson.

Substitution, Hull City. Markus Henriksen replaces Ryan Mason.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Hull City).

Goal! Liverpool 5, Hull City 1. James Milner (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Andrew Robertson (Hull City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Adam Lallana.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Mason (Hull City).

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Joel Matip.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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