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Hull City 3, Liverpool 1: First Thoughts

Liverpool start slowly at the KC Stadium and never recover, slipping to a 3-1 defeat in their worst performance of the season.

Matthew Lewis

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Hull City 3: Livermore 20', Meyler 72', Skrtel (og) 87'
Liverpool 1: Gerrard 27'

  • Changes in personnel and formation, with Daniel Sturridge hurt and Joe Allen and Daniel Agger dropping out. In came Raheem Sterling, Victor Moses, and Kolo Toure, each of whom conspired with the rest of the squad to have an absolutely miserable half. Bright moments for each, awful from the whole.
  • That goal was a joke to concede from start to finish--stupid from Moses to try to flick past his man on the edge of Liverpool's defensive third, and crazy deflection off Martin Skrtel to beat Simon Mignolet. It was coming, of course, as the early part of the match just had that feeling about it.
  • Steven Gerrard's free-kick, though. Doubt I'm alone in thinking "haha Gerrard's never going to take another one with Suarez here wait why is Gerrard lining it up oh damn that was good." Vintage stuff that almost looked too easy.
  • The second half energy was something, huh? Real fire under the ass stuff from Brendan Rodgers in the changing room during the break. Or not that at all. He finally made a needed change when he brought Philippe Coutinho on, but nothing changed from a dire first-half display until the half-fit Brazilian made his appearance. And hey, Luis Alberto too! Sad that he came on for Moses after Hull were up 2-1 already.
  • Martin Skrtel's own goal didn't even piss me off, because at that point Liverpool deserved everything they'd gotten. Just an atrocious, disgraceful effort by all parties involved. Terrible from Rodgers, terrible from his squad, terrible from my stupid brain for making me watch all ninety minutes. This has to be the low point, if only because I'm not sure I could dream up a worse performance from Liverpool. Lock them out of Melwood and make them train at a cement playground.

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