Hull City v Liverpool - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 1st December 2013 at 14:05. Venue: The KC Stadium, Hull.

Odds: Hull City 21/4, Draw 3/1, Liverpool 4/6

Last season: N/A

Preview & injury news

14 points from 12 league games will have been regarded as a solid start for Hull City as they adapt to life back in the Premier League. Steve Bruce seems to have a capable team that can cause problems for even the best sides but they will have been disappointed with last weekend's result as they lost 1-0 at home to struggling Crystal Palace - who were also down to ten men. But Bruce has had some success against the Reds in the past and had proved to be a bit of a bogey manager for them.

Liverpool on the other hand are still sitting second in the league table, four points behind Arsenal after last week's pulsating 3-3 draw in the Merseyside derby. But this is the start of a run of fixtures that Liverpool will feel they'll need to take maximum points from if they want to have a serious challenge of qualifying for the Champions League this season.

On the injury front, Robbie Brady is a big doubt with a groin injury whilst Paul McShane is unlikely to make the squad as he has a hamstring injury. Sone Aluko is also a high profile absentee for Hull as he is out until the New Year with a calf problem.

Liverpool's main injury problem leads to the selection dilemma at left-back with Jose Enrique sidelined until February meaning either Aly Cissokho or Jon Flanagan will take that spot in the side. Flanagan's impressive performance in the Merseyside derby has led to many thinking he will keep his place in the side.

Key stats

Robbie Brady is Hull City's top scorer in the league this season with three goals. 

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are Liverpool's top scorers in the league this season with nine goals each.

Hull City had 62% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

Liverpool had 49% possession in their last league match, a 3-3 draw away to Everton.

5 players to watch

Allan McGregor - With Liverpool's strike force still finding the net on a regular basis, expect McGregor to have a busy afternoon as he looks to keep them at bay.

Jon Flanagan - Many people were impressed by Flanagan's performance in the Merseyside derby against Everton at left-back, especially given that he is naturally right-footed. The question is will the youngster keep his place in the side? And if he does play, can he perform to a similar standard?

Robert Koren - Hull's captain is going to have a big game in the middle of the park if he is going to lead his team to a good result. Going up against Gerrard and Lucas in the middle is going to be a handful for Koren, but he does have a bit of quality that can cause the duo a couple of problems.

Daniel Sturridge - After being left on the bench in the 3-3 draw against Everton due to lack of fitness, expect Sturridge to be fit and ready to fire against Hull. He'll be keen to add to the nine goals he already has so far this season.

George Boyd - Liverpool have kept four clean sheets so far this season, and despite their impressive start to the season they have leaked a few goals. With Boyd leading the line for Hull he may fancy his chances of finding the net himself.

Last time they met

Hull City 0-0 Liverpool, Premier League, May 2010

This turned out to be the last game of Rafa Benitez's tenure at Liverpool after a disappointing season for both sides. Hull were already relegated and Liverpool could only finish as high as sixth, something which they missed out on after failing to win. Hull put in a battling display as they said goodbye to the Premier League but Liverpool came the closest to scoring after an Alberto Aquilani strike hit the bar. It was a disappointing game to round off a disappointing season.

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