Liverpool vs Hull City PreviewJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Liverpool vs Hull | Saturday 25 October, 2014 | Anfield | Kick off 15.00
Liverpool and Hull City will play at Anfield on Saturday in their ninth game of the Premier League season with The Reds looking to break into the top four.
Of their two meetings in the 2013-14 Premier League, Liverpool have won both, the first 3-1 and the second 2-0.
Currently fifth on the table, Brendan Rodgers side are definitely the favourites ahead of Saturday’s clash and will be desperate to take the 3 points on offer for a win.
In their last outing, Liverpool beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2 at the weekend in a surprisingly sloppy game which saw QPR score two own goals. Mario Balotelli continued to misfire, sparking speculation that Rodgers will play Raheem Sterling ahead of the Italian striker this weekend.
The Liverpool boss has been forced to restate his faith in Balotelli claiming that, “He scores big goals in big games. It is just a matter of time before he gets his goals.”
Liverpool will once again be without England striker Daniel Sturridge due to a calf problem.
Hull City were pleased to escape their visit to Emirates Stadium with a point, but they didn’t walk away entirely unscathed. The Tigers will be without goal-scoring Nikica Jelavic who suffered a knee injury whilst warming up for the game against Arsenal as well as centre back Michael Dawson.
Dawson, who boasts an impressive average of 11.2 clearances per Premier League match, was switched out during the Arsenal game amid concerns over his ankle and it looks like he’ll be out of action for several weeks.
Despite the Tigers being without some of their key players, manager Steve Bruce is confident his squad can cope.
“Injuries are part and parcel of the game and we all know that we’re going to get them at some stage in the season,” he said. “We’ve got a big squad now and I’m sure it’s good enough to manage. It’s all about legislating for injuries and dealing with them as best you can but we’ve got strength in depth now.”
Liverpool should come out on top as the clear favourites in this meeting, with 2-0 the most likely score.