Liverpool 6 Hull 1

A brilliant display from the Red's this afternoon with the highlight being on the hat-trick hero Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard also was back onto the score sheet and super sub Ryan Babel made an impressive impact with two goals after coming off the bench. Hull's only offer was an equalizer from Geovanni which didn't last long.

The Red's got on with the job in hand fairly early into the first half with Torres setting off the scoring just after the ten minute mark, he picked up a lovely cross from Riera on the left wing and swiftly side stepped Sonko with ease, once the space was created he slotted the ball home. Just 5 minutes later and were in the same situation we have been in several times within our last few premier league fixtures and we had lost the lead already. A somewhat clumsy header from Martin Skrtel is headed into the path of Geovanni who takes full advantage and the ball flies into the net. 1-1.

At this still early stage i find myself bewildered, why is the defence letting in so many goals? It is effectively the same set up as last season although we've added Glen Johnson which in my eyes is a good asset. I was never Arbeloa's hugest fan and was guilty of jumping on his back a few times. So why the defensive errors? I don't want to focus on the negatives here as this was the only one i picked out from the whole 90 minutes. We're scoring loads but almost conceding as many, this can't go on forever, any thoughts? Please leave them below.

Despite this, no other problem seemed to stop the Red's in their now rampant flow. By 27 minutes the ace of Spain had stepped up and reeled in the lead again. A superb solo effort again from Torres who is supplied by the ever creative Yossi Benayoun. So the lads went into half-time on a respectable tally of two goals to one but this game needed to be dead and buried.

Second half and almost immediately who else but Fernando Torres slots another one in for his hat trick with what i felt was the best one of the trio. A lovely bit of skill to cut inside Sonko and then he skillfully threads the ball into the back of the net, passing under Myhill's legs on the way. Excellent finish. Hull although seemingly quiet from this match report did have there chances but they just didn't take them. Ghilas and Geovanni seeing most of the action.

Liverpool reach the hour mark which is christened by Captain Fantastic. Steven Gerrard with what appears to have been a cross heading for Kuyt whips in the ball and to everyone's surprise it ends up in the back of the net. Did he mean it? I personally don't think he did but i still think he should claim it, i soddin' well would.

By this stage Hull are completely shell shocked, they knew themselves not to expect much coming to Anfield and on the form they are showing at the moment i bet the dream of 1-1 was now turning into a nightmare. To try to rectify the problem shortly after the Gerrard goal Hull do make a double substitution, which is followed by a Liverpool substitution, Torres (off), Babel (on). Voronin and Mascherano also are brought into the game after Gerrard and Benayoun are taken off.

Voronin is into the action right away with a brilliant cross which is almost met by Ryan Babel but unfortunately the chance goes wide. 5 minutes later and Voronin sees his header cleared off the line. Frustration is short lived for the team though as Ryan Babel adds his name to the list after netting to make it 5-1. A superb bit of play after Babel lays the ball wide to Kuyt on the right then continues his run into the area only for Kuyt to cross the ball back to him which he ensures is goal bound.
Into extra time and still Liverpool are attacking the kop end. In the last minute of added time Riera smashes in a final effort and it is deflected into the goal off Ryan Babel. Not exactly tidy but a goal nonetheless. 6-1.
Overall a fantastic afternoon for the red men. 6 goals and only one conceded. Skill, creativity and awareness again coming up trumps for the home side, a more than confident win.
Match Stats:
Bookings: Liverpool = Martin Skrtel///Hull =McShane, Kilbane, Marney & Hunt.
Shots On Target: Liverpool = 8/// Hull = 2
Shots Off Target: Liverpool = 10/// Hull = 5
Corners: Liverpool = 13///Hull = 2
Fouls: Liverpool = 11/// Hull = 5
Offsides: Liverpool = 2///Hull = 2
Passing Success Rate: Liverpool = 82.6///Hull = 70.2

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