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Despite pulling both a point and a clean sheet from the meeting with a resurgent Hull City side earlier on in the day, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers cut a bit of a dour figure in his post match interview as he tried to talk up the positives on display at Anfield during the goalless draw with Steve Bruce’s side.
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It’s a draw that feels vaguely like a loss with Liverpool left frustrated by a combination of Hull City’s well drilled back-line and their own lack of a cutting edge in front of goal.
With the Reds coming off a pair of disappointing performances and the Tigers buoyed by last weekends draw at the Emirates Stadium, the result doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. While playing out our first clean sheet in 18-outings leaves a little room for optimism, watching our first goalless draw in 48 Premier League games tempers any left-over sunshine and lollipops significantly; it doesn’t take an expert, or me repeating it ceaselessly, to see that something is amiss at Anfield.
Emre and the boys get ready
After holding Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, there’s no question that Hull City travel to Anfield this weekend believing that they can get something against a faltering Liverpool side.
The Reds have had an eventful week; after barely scraping past last placed Queens Park Rangers in the capital, a midweek humbling against reigning European champions Real Madrid gave not only their fitness levels, but their fragile confidence yet another blow. While it doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to picture these two sides coming into tomorrows match on opposite ends of the spectrum, reconciling which one is on the up-tick and who is on a serious down-turn may take some time to wrap your head around.
We’re this much better now
While much of Liverpool’s pre-match press is sure to be dominated with their post-match hangover following yesterday’s loss to reigning European champions Real Madrid, Hull City go into Saturday’s meeting on a decidedly different narrative.
Last weekend’s draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium came as a bit of a shock — and not so much that they got out of London with a point to their names. Not only did they lead for much of the match, but the Tigers also quite easily absorbed whatever pressure their hosts were able to muster; to be fair, it comes as a surprise that they weren’t three points better off by the time they rolled out of the capital.