Hull City may have one of the worst away records in the Premier League, but that doesn’t reflect just how difficult they are to beat. Steve Bruce’s side have conceded more than two goals in just one of their nine away games this season.
The Tigers have already played six of the top eight away from the KC Stadium this season, giving Manchester City a real fright at the Etihad, beating Newcastle in a five goal thriller, and just succumbing to a late Roberto Saldado penalty in a cruel 1-0 loss at White Hart Lane. And Hull will certainly provide a test for Liverpool at Anfield on New Year's Day.
Hull like to play with two banks away from home, not leaving a lot of space between the defence and midfield, and allowing the opposition to monopolize possession in front. The Tigers will look to pick up on loose balls, with Livermore and Elmohamady countering with pace. With Huddlestone sitting deeper, the midfielder can cause all sorts of problems with his long range shooting.
Liverpool will naturally dominate possession, and whilst their midfielders Coutinho, Henderson and Lucas Leiva are all comfortable on the ball, they could come unstuck playing too narrow against the opposition wall.
Liverpool may benefit by playing more down the right side, allowing the Johnson / Sterling combination to exploit Boyd and Figueroa’s lack of pace to get in behind the Hull defence.
Hull are also poor defending against set pieces, meaning that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez could do a lot of damage, given the opportunity.
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