Liverpool travel to Hull’s KC Stadium for Tuesday night’s crucial Premier League match.
Hull are currently 16th in the league table, just one point ahead of Sunderland in 18th position. They face Liverpool on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory away at Crystal Palace however, and any points are vital at this stage of the campaign. Steve Bruce will be hoping his team can pull off a similar result to last season, when Hull beat Liverpool 3-1.
Liverpool need a win to keep the pressure on Manchester United in fourth. United slipped up against Everton at weekend, though Liverpool themselves could only manage a draw away at West Brom. They will also need to keep an eye on Tottenham who are level on points, though Spurs have played one game more.
Hull are definitely without Nikica Jelavic, Robert Snodgrass and Curtis Davies who all miss out through injury. Midfielder David Meyler is suspended, whilst there are also doubts over Mohamed Diamé and Andrew Robertson. Bruce may stick to the same starting eleven that won at the weekend.
Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva will once more be missing from Brendan Rodgers’ team, as will Daniel Sturridge, who could be out for the season. While worries remain over one striker, Mario Balotelli is doing little to ease Liverpool’s pain and is likely to be dropped, while Steven Gerrard could also be used from the substitute’s bench. Alberto Moreno could yet make the squad.
Hull’s James Chester has scored more Premier League goals this season than Mario Balotelli.
Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight away matches in the Premier League.
The sides drew 0-0 at Anfield earlier this season.
Before they beat Palace at weekend, Hull had taken just two points from a possible fifteen.
Liverpool have won just one of their last five matches in the Premier League.
Hull – Tom Huddlestone
Huddlestone has not had his best season by all accounts, but has been showing glimpses recently that he can still have an impact on Hull’s remaining fixtures in the Premier League. His ability from set-pieces could be the difference in what is expected to be a tense and nervy affair at the KC Stadium. Huddlestone hasn’t scored all season, and only provided two assists, so you could say he’s due a goal or two! His pass completion rate of 80% is impressive however, in what has been a poor Hull side for large parts of the season.
Liverpool – Jordan Henderson.
Henderson recently put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Anfield, and is expected to take on the role of club captain in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s imminent departure. Henderson has been hugely impressive at times this season, and has scored goals in big games, like his rocket against Manchester City at Anfield. All in all, the England midfielder has contributed six goals and eight assists in the Premier League so far, and will be hugely important to Liverpool over the coming years.
Hull City (3-5-2)
McGregor, Chester, Dawson, McShane, Brady, Quinn, Livermore, Huddlestone, Elmohamady, Aluko, N’Doye.
Mignolet, Can, Lovren, Skrtel, Johnson, Henderson, Allen, Coutinho, Markovic, Sterling, Lallana.
I think this will be a tight match, contested between two teams low on form and confidence. 1-1 seems the most likely scoreline for me, and you can get this at 6/1 with William Hill.