Match to be played on Wednesday 1st January 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Liverpool need to bounce back quickly against Hull City on New Years Day because they have seen themselves slide down the top of the table very quickly over the festive period.
The match against Chelsea yesterday started well with Martin Skrtel putting Brendan Rodgers’ side ahead but the Blues came back into the game well to eventually confine Liverpool to their fifth defeat of the season.
A couple of players picked up little niggles during the game, which gives Rodgers a selection headache ahead of the match with Hull. Here is the side he could go with.
GK – Simon Mignolet
The Belgian has been one of the most consistent players for the club so far this season. He’s got a good command over the defence in front of him, his distribution is solid and he’ll encourage the whole side to react positively.
RB – Glen Johnson
Johnson is one of the best right-backs in the division. He’ll get forward to support the attack when he can but he should be focused on being one of the defenders Hull simply can’t get the better of.
CB – Martin Skrtel
Skrtel has been arguably the best central defender at the club so far this season. He offers strength through the heart of the side as well as leadership when things aren’t going according to plan.
CB – Daniel Agger
Agger is back in the heart of the defence and he should stay there for this game. He’ll be fresh and determined to ensure that he doesn’t lose his central defensive position for the rest of the season.
LB – Aly Cissokho
Cissokho should play because he gives the back four a better balance. Mamadou Sakho was taken off against Chelsea with a hamstring problem but it’s probably a change that Rodgers would have made either way.
RM – Raheem Sterling
Sterling’s pace makes him a good player to have playing down one of the wings. He still lacks a little bit of maturity and consistency but he’s good enough to blow Hull apart, creating chances to score for himself and others.
DM – Lucas
Lucas should continue in the role of holding midfielder. He’ll sit in front of the back four offering a little bit of protection, nudging forward into a more central position when Liverpool are on top.
CM – Jordan Henderson
Henderson has been one of the stand out players for Liverpool this season. He can play any role across the midfield which is why it’s important to play him. He can control the tempo of the play and cover for multiple players.
AM – Philippe Coutinho
The Brazilian should slot in behind the main striker if Joe Allen doesn’t recover from a groin problem, which forced him off against Chelsea. Coutinho should relish the role of playing in his stronger central position.
LM – Victor Moses
Moses was unavailable to play against his parent club Chelsea but he could slot in on the left hand side of midfield. He’s been successful for Liverpool there this season and will drift in centrally when he can.
ST – Luis Suarez