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Klopp Asks For Anger

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This week in his press conference Jurgen Klopp asked for a greedy and angry performance from his Liverpool side because Hull apparently want our points. While I immediately envisaged Roberto Firmino storming at the Hull defence turning green and shouting "You won't like me when I'm angry", in all seriousness, it is a very good point.

Last season Liverpool lost to sides associated with the lower half of the table such as Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Watford. This season has been no different after the Reds slipped up at Burnley so Klopp's comments make real sense. The passion and fire we see from the lads against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal needs to be transferred to a Saturday afternoon fixture against Hull. On paper, of course it's hard to get excited about but if they don't set out for these games with the right mentality, then we will continue to falter.

Hull are no mugs of course and have been unlucky in some of their opening games. Beati…

Reds Lose More Ground In Desperate Race For Fourth

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Liverpool failed to find the back of the net at the KC Stadium on Tuesday evening as Brendan Rodgers' side were defeated 1-0. Steve Bruce was elated with his side's performance as the Tigers aim to steer clear of relegation.

I can't see myself going into much detail with this report to be honest as I fear it will simply involve me moaning and going on a right old rant. What I will say is that is was another disappointing performance from Liverpool.

The Reds once again had their fair portion of possession but didn't do anything with it. I won't hide from the fact that my main man Balotelli had a pretty poor game but I ask you to name me a player who had a good one? I just seriously get frustrated because the likes of Balotelli and Lambert are much better in a front two, it's pretty pointless to me to play them alone. With Daniel Sturridge injured I don't understand why Rodgers is so stubborn.

What also annoys me (I said I wasn't going to rant didn't…

MATCH PREVIEW: Hull V Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers takes his Liverpool side to Hull on Tuesday and whilst there is sure to be eleven players on the pitch, it's uncertain how many will be in the stands. A boycott organised by Spirit of Shankly in response to the ridiculous variance in ticket prices for supporters travelling to Hull this season means there could be a lot of empty seats.
Steve Bruce has also spoken out on the matter today saying "We have to remember the average man in the street because they are the lifeblood of football." It's sad that such extreme action is required for the powers that be to stand up and listen but here's hoping tomorrow's boycott makes some sort of difference.
In terms of the game, more bad news has filtered through today as Kopites learned Daniel Sturridge would probably be out for the rest of the season. Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva are also unavailable while Alberto Moreno will be subject to a late fitness test. For Hull, they are unable to call upon Jela…

Goalless Draw Against Hull

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Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw with Hull on Saturday as Brendan Rodgers' side looked lacking in ideas. The defence looked a little more competent but only because Hull were quiet in front of goal. With the newspapers choosing to focus on Balotelli once again, I'm not even going to bother going there this week you can read my current thoughts on Mario here. Despite all the controversy from the Real Madrid game, Balotelli did start.

Liverpool's first real chance came early in the second half after a Steven Gerrard corner found its way to Dejan Lovren. The defender's header was blocked off the line and two follow up efforts from the same player also failed to find the back of the net.

Shortly afterwards Balotelli got his first chance of the game after deciding to shoot from an angle. His effort was saved and to be honest it was always going to be from that area.

The Reds began the game with some half chances but it was quickly becoming clear that it was going to …

Hull Of A Game For Reds

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After an eye opening game against Real Madrid midweek, Liverpool will certainly be looking to show those watching what they are really capable of. With the tie coming so quickly after a Champions League game though and with a relatively thin squad, you have to wonder how this will pan out for Brendan Rodgers on Saturday.

On paper of course Liverpool should beat Hull, the Reds have not necessarily played their best during the course of this season however they are still 5th in the league. Hull on the other hand currently find themselves in 11th but only three points behind Liverpool.

The last time the two sides met was in January this year on New Year's Day. The Reds won that game at Anfield 2-0 with goals from Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez. The Reds last trip Hull ended badly though as they fell to a 3-1 defeat. Martin Skrtel scored an own goal during that game.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Jon Flanagan. It's Hull howev…

Liverpool Tame Tigers At Anfield

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The Reds stepped out with revenge on their minds for the start of 2014 as they aimed to get the better of Hull and put the defeat at the start December behind them. With Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez on the score sheet Liverpool need not have worried about a repeat performance from Hull who looked a shadow of the side that turned out against Brendan Rodgers' team a month ago.

Liverpool's first half consisted of calm and confident football which was a real positive considering the injuries and players out of position that the Reds have been contending with. It was Liverpool creating the lion's share of the chances in the first half and as always it was the familiar faces of Suarez, Sterling, Coutinho and Henderson getting involved. Suarez also saw an early header disallowed as he was offside.

The first goal for Liverpool came at 35 minutes after a corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Agger managed to get a header on and converted his effort putting the ball past th…

Reds Look For Revenge Against Hull

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After failing to get anything from Stamford Bridge on Sunday the Reds will now be looking to get the better of Hull at Anfield after Steve Bruce's side embarrassed the Reds earlier in the season. Hull have been playing some good football and Liverpool need to be careful in this fixture ensuring they respect the opposition.

Injuries for Liverpool have been increased but there are also some positives. Daniel Sturridge is expected to be back sooner than thought and Steven Gerrard will be subject to a late fitness test with a chance to start the game. The Reds have added Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho to their injury list though and so Brendan Rodgers finds himself working with a thin squad.

For Hull, they are looking relatively strong with no new injury concerns aside from Robbie Brady who has a groin problem. Hull beat Fulham emphatically 6-0 in their last game and it is expected Steve Bruce will field the same side.

Hull are currently 10th in the league on 23 points. The Tigers have …

Tigers Roar To 3-1 Win

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Hull on Sunday in what should have been a straight forward win for the Reds. With questions being asked over the selected XI by fans before kick off, come 90 minutes it was clear that Brendan Rodgers needs more than two signings in the January window. The Reds lacked creativity and the defence was sloppy to say the least, a Steven Gerrard free kick was the only thing to smile about as Liverpool had to congratulate Hull on an organised performance.

The Reds didn't take long to set a tone for this game, in a vociferous KC Stadium it appeared as though Hull were definitely out to cause an upset. The worrying thing was, even so early on in the game, too many of the Liverpool side didn't look bothered, simple passes even appeared to be a problem and whilst at this point it was annoying, the worry hadn't quite set in for me at this stage (that came in the second half).

Hull on the other hand looked comfortable, they had s…

Fitness Problems Prior To Hull Game

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Liverpool prepare to face Steve Bruce's Hull City Tigers on Sunday as the Reds look to tame the potential roar of the promoted side. The Reds were last seen in a very intense derby against Everton with Daniel Sturridge sealing a draw for Brendan's boys, unfortunately for Liverpool it looks like they will be without Sturridge for this one as he is forced to sit out with an ankle injury.

In other news, Liverpool are still without Jose Enrique and it is expected that Brendan Rodgers will start Jon Flanagan again in place. Other than that there are no new injury worries for the Reds but they will definitely feel the absence of Daniel Sturridge.

For Hull they are without Paul McShane and they also have doubts hanging over James Chester and Curtis Davies. Steve Bruce however will have a relatively strong side to choose from.

Hull currently find themselves 13th in the table and Steve Bruce has had some decent results with his side. Their form of late hasn't been brilliant but as…

Reds Lose 3-0 In Hull Friendly

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Aquilani sporting the new third strip...
After goals galore in Asia it was a wake up call for the Liverpool lads this afternoon at the KC Stadium. On display for Liverpool were all three new signings, goalkeeper Doni and midfielders Downing and Henderson.

Dalglish once again made the most he could out of his bolstered squad and 22 players featured within the 90 minutes. Unfortunately for Liverpool, no amount of reshuffling could stop Hull's momentum.

Goals from Koren, Simpson and Brady meant it would take a gallant effort from the Reds to get back into the game.

Happy of the game time more than anything though i think players such as Coady and Ayala relished their opportunity in front of the boss and once again proved how our youths are beginning to shine.

Many highlighted Aquilani's first half performance in their post match thoughts. He impressed against Guangdong and it was pleasing to see him follow through on that performance against a strong Championship side.

Rumours thi…

Can Iain Dowie End Hull's Season On A High?

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Whatever Benitez's future holds, i wish him all the best...
With both teams faced with little more incentive than pride for tomorrow's fixture in Humberside it is a hard one to predict. Liverpool do have the slight hope that they could finish the season in 6th should Aston Villa falter against Blackburn but that is quite simply all we have going.
With all the speculation around the manager at the moment and after yesterday's attempts by forum members and Twitterers alike to show their support for Mr. Rafael Benitez, it could be the last time we see the Spaniard in charge of our Liverpool side. Not only this but after financial records were released, also yesterday, it is quite clear the state that Liverpool football club is in and the need for new owners/investment is becoming evermore apparent.
The summer should be an interesting and nervy time for all who are involved at Liverpool football club. Mr. Broughton is not expecting it to be easy to find a suitable buyer in such a…