Liverpool v Hull City

23 Sep

Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson scored the winner against Chelsea in Liverpool’s last Premier League match


Liverpool midfield duo Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum are expected to return, having been rested for Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over Derby.

Daniel Sturridge also missed that victory and remains a fitness doubt.

Hull midfielder Jake Livermore is available again after serving a one-match suspension.

Record signing Ryan Mason is one of six summer signings in contention for their first league starts after playing in the midweek EFL Cup win at Stoke.


Alan Green: “While Manchester City’s 100% success record so far is rightly attracting attention, it’s the sheer excitement generated by Liverpool’s football, that aberration at Burnley aside, that’s drawing envious eyes from everywhere.

“The first-half display at Chelsea set the standard that Jurgen Klopp wants to see repeated against all opponents, no matter the competition. If it is, then the top four is certainly achievable. Who knows…the title itself?

“Hull have had a reasonable start but they were thrashed at home by Arsenal last Saturday and no firm contract yet for Mike Phelan creates uncertainty.”


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “We should not care about the name of the opponent. It is not easier against Hull. Why should it be easier?

“When we can win against teams which people think are stronger than we are, why can’t a team which people think are weaker than us have the opportunity to win?”

Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan on his six full debutants in the EFL Cup: “It was a great opportunity to give debuts to all those players, to see what they had and can bring to this team.

“They’ve done a good job. It’s a settling in period still for them. There are big games ahead, the squad will be used, it’s just a case now of finding the right balance and getting the players in who can perform for this football club.”


If Liverpool play as well as they can do against Hull, they will win – it won’t matter how many men Hull put behind the ball, because they will engineer some space.

Prediction: 3-0

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  • Hull City have only won two of the 20 meetings (D5, L13).
  • The Tigers earned four points against Liverpool in their last season in the Premier League (2014-15), keeping clean sheets in both matches.
  • Liverpool have never lost a home game against Hull in all competitions (W8, D2).


  • Liverpool have scored four times as many goals (12) in their opening five league games of this season as they managed last season.
  • However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in the opening five league games.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League games at Anfield (W7, D6).
  • Sadio Mane has scored seven goals in his last five Premier League home games – six for Southampton and one for Liverpool.

Hull City

  • Hull have yet to lose an away game in all competitions this season (W2, D1).
  • Mike Phelan celebrates his 54th birthday on Saturday. In the history of the Premier League, managers are more likely to lose (25) than win (18) on their birthday.
  • The Tigers have named an unchanged starting XI in each of their five Premier League games this season.
  • Robert Snodgrass has scored in his last two league games for Hull – he has never scored in three consecutive Premier League games.


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