Preview: Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool look set to continue their rich vein of form when they welcome Hull City to Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

Premier League
24 September 2016
Kick-off: 22:00

Venue: Anfield

Referee: A. Marriner
Assistants: S. Beck, A. Garratt
Fourth official: S. Atwell

Head-to-head summary:

Liverpool 9 3 3 3
Hull City 9 3 3 3

Previous encounter:

Hull City 1-0 Liverpool – 28/04/2015 (Premier League)

Hull goalscorers: M. Dawson (37′)

Players to watch:

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Forward Roberto Firmino will be the key player in the absence of Daniel Sturridge; the Brazil international has looked world class in the lone striking role as he links up with the hard-working trio of Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho.

The Reds looks a formidable attacking force when Firmino is leading the line.

Team form and manager quotes:

Jurgen Klopp admits there will be no room for complacency against the newly-promoted Tigers, having lost 2-0 to Burnley already this season.

“We should not care about the name of the opponent,” Klopp insisted. “It is not easier against Hull. Why should it be easier?

“When we can win against teams which people think are stronger than we are, why can’t a team which people think are weaker than us have the opportunity to win?”

For Hull, caretaker manager Mike Phelan just wants his future sorted out – despite not being handed a permanent contract yet, he has led the team to an impressive tally of seven points in his opening five games.

The manner in which they have competed in the top flight has been admirable, despite inadequate pre-season preparations with only 12 fit senior players for the start of the campaign.

“I want it resolved, but it’s not my decision,” Phelan told reporters. “A lot of it rests on the position of the club. All I keep hearing is ‘takeover, takeover, takeover’.

“It’s difficult for me to comment because I don’t know all the issues outside the football.”

Team news:

Reds midfielders Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum are expected to return, the duo having been rested in the midweek win over Derby, but Daniel Sturridge remains a doubt after missing the EFL Cup tie.

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan will welcome back Jake Livermore after he served a one-match suspension.

Record signing Ryan Mason is one of six new faces in contention for their first league starts, after making his debut in the EFL Cup this week.

Michael Dawson, Alan McGregor, Brian Lenihan, Greg Luer, Alex Bruce and Moses Odubajo remain long-term injury absentees for the Tigers.