Liverpool slump to miserable 3-1 defeat at Hull

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Sunday 01 December 2013 - 2:05 pm
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Hull City recorded their first ever win against Liverpool FC in the reds worst performance of the season.

Liverpool v Hull

The reds were rocked earlier in the day by confirmation that Daniel Sturridge will be missing for between 6 and 8 weeks as Liverpool prepare to enter a crucial period of the season.

With Chelsea and Southampton locking horns, and with Man Utd and Spurs already playing out a draw earlier in the day - Liverpool had a great chance to cement their second place position and put some distance between ourselves and other top 4 contenders.

By the end of the day Liverpool were looking like imposters in the challenge for a Champions League spot.

Brendan Rodgers reshuffled his defence.  Again.

Liverpool conceded three times.  Again.

The first half stats recorded the reds dominating possession but stats can lie, and the reds were lucky to go in to the break level.

Coutinho was named on the bench after picking up a knock in training, giving opportunities for Raheem Sterling and Victor Moses to impress alongside Luis Suarez.  It's fair to say their contributions in the first half were non-existent.

Liverpool frequently gave the ball away in the opening exchanges and although fortune smiled on Hull for the first goal of the game - it was the 'Tigers' who deserved to break the deadlock.

Victor Moses created the opportunity for Jake Livermore to power forward, and with the lack of any attempted tackle he had a crack from outside the area that took a big deflection off Martin Skrtel to wrong foot Simon Mignolet.

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Liverpool got back into the game the only way they know how to these days - through a set piece.

Steven Gerrard scored a free kick that wrong footed McGregor in the Hull goal.

If Brendan Rodgers gave the players a lashing at half time then it had little effect as the reds came out in the second half delivering more of the same tepid football.

By the time the first Liverpool change was made with 25 minutes left, Coutinho on for Sterling, Hull were firmly in the ascendancy and Meyler fired in for the home side to given them a 2-1 lead.

Would this signal a Liverpool fightback? Erm, not quite.

With the minutes ticking down Hull added a third with a spectacular own goal from Martin Skrtel, who sent Huddlestone's wayward shot past Mignolet.

Skrtel may have had a sizeable hand in two of Hull's goals, but it would be harsh to lay the blame entirely at his door.

The reds are now in the busiest period of the season and the fall off in form over the past 6 games is a major concern.

Rodgers needs to find a settled defensive line up.  His constant rotation of the defence has proved counter-productive.  Liverpool's thin squad is now exposed with a lack of able forwards to partner Suarez, and a midfield that can go through the motions - without any significant threat from the bench.

Liverpool have two home games against Norwich and West Ham in the coming week.  Liverpool can't afford to drop a single point in those games as they look ahead to three away games at Spurs, Chelsea and Man City before the year is out.

3 comments on
Liverpool slump to miserable 3-1 defeat at Hull

  1. It was one of the worst game I have seen so far by a Liverpool team. Now Liverpool drops to 4th place and 7 points behind Arsenal. Hope the lads will do well in the next few games.

  2. Disappointing result……. I wish Brenda Rodgers would stop fiddling about wit his rotation of the his back four. A steady back four begets understanding and solidity. Please no more fiddling with busy schedule ahead in December.

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