Liverpool morning news: Reds react to climbing to 4th after Hull win

All the relevant news related to Liverpool Football Club on this Thursday morning, reacting to the win over Hull City at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his side’s 2-0 victory over Hull City on New Years’ Day as their best win of the season.

Speaking after the game at Anfield, Rodgers said: ‘In a lot of games we’ve been vibrant with great energy, scored goals and performed well, as well as won.

‘But on the back of the games we’ve had over this period – and to play with a lot of the same players against a team that won their last Barclays Premier League game 6-0 – we knew we were going to have to tough it out today and dig in.’

Midfielder Jordan Henderson told the Liverpool Echo that the Reds dug deep and has said the side can be encouraged by their work over the festive period, despite the two defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Henderson said: ‘I think we can’t be too disheartened with the performances against Man City and Chelsea. I felt we played well and definitely deserved something from both games.

‘I thought we matched them, if not were better than them, in the two games. We just didn’t get that bit of luck we deserved.

‘We had to forget about all that and put things right against Hull. It was very important to get back to winning ways after those two defeats.

Luis Suarez was played by Brendan Rodgers for playing through the pain barrier against Hull.

The Uruguayan scored his 20th goal of the season in the win at Anfield, but played with strapping on his foot.

‘Nine out of ten players wouldn’t have played today. He had a really bad knock on his foot from the Chelsea game, and I know, having managed players, that most wouldn’t have played with what he had today.’

Liverpool kept only their sixth clean sheet of the season against Hull, something which Daniel Agger commented upon.

He told the Liverpool website: ‘For a defender a clean sheet is the most important. It wasn’t our best performance but if we can win and get three points without playing at our best, that’s important – especially in the long run.’

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