Written by: @GrantMilesFF
Liverpool were top on Christmas day yet now find themselves sitting outside the top four, such is the cruel nature of the Premier League. The Reds will be looking for revenge in this fixture having lost the reverse tie 3-1 at the KC Stadium.
This will be no mean feat though as Steve Bruce’s men are flying and are fresh off the back of a 6-0 victory at home to Fulham, in which Tom Huddlestone finally broke his goal drought for Hull.
Brendan Rodgers will go into this game with confidence though as Liverpool have won eight of their nine matches at Anfield scoring an impressive 25 goals in the process. The last time Hull visited this ground in 2009 they suffered a 6-1 defeat and will know they are underdogs.
The Tigers go into this game in 10th spot and whilst they have only lost two in 10 at home they have struggled to carry this form away with them on the road. They only have one solitary victory on their travels so far this campaign.
Rodgers has a few injury concerns following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday. Mamadou Sakho and Jon Flanagan are both doubtful (hamstring). Sebastian Coates is out with a knee problem and Jose Enrique remains on the sidelines as Liverpool continue to use makeshift options at left back. Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are long term absentees but the former is close to a return this week, although this game may come too soon for him.
Hull could look to liven things up by giving Danny Graham a re-call to keep the forward line motivated as he sat out of the win against Fuham. Sone Aluko remains on the sidelines with a calf problem. Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn also stay in the treatment room with groin and hamstring injuries respectively.
The history books suggest that the home side are the favourites here but this game could very well exceed the four goals it produced last time with both sides keen to make a positive start to the New Year.
Liverpool vs Hull pre-match stats
Liverpool have won seven and lost none of eight previous home games against the Tigers in all competitions, scoring at least twice on every occasion.
Hull City’s victory over Liverpool in December was their first victory over the Reds in any competition, ever (D4 L12).
Hull City have scored as many goals in their past two Premier League games (8) as they had in the previous 10.
Liverpool have scored at least three goals in each of their last six Premier League home games.
Luis Suarez has scored 13 goals in his last five Premier League home games.
13 different players have scored for Hull this season, no team has seen a wider spread.
Only four teams have scored 5+ goals in a Premier League game this season, Liverpool and Hull are two of them (along with Man City and Newcastle).
Liverpool have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side in 2013-14 (44).
Hull have hit fewer shots than any other side in the Premier League this season (147), while Liverpool’s total of 124 shots on target is almost double that of Hull (65).
Liverpool have hit the woodwork 16 times this season, twice as often as any other side.
Hull have played seven Premier League games in January and not won any of them (D3 L4).