Its Liverpool v Hull from the Premier League this afternoon, with the latest live stream, betting odds and match preview.
Liverpool will aim to bounce back from their midweek lesson in football at the hands of Real Madrid, when they take on Hull City at Anfield later today.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were defeated 3-0 at home in the Champions league on Wednesday. While there is no shame in losing to the European Champions, it was the manner of the defeat which hurt most for the managers, players and fans.
This season there has been much talk about the defensive frailties, the Steven Gerrard role and the lack of a fluid play in the attacking areas.
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These three areas were ruthlessly exposed midweek and while Real are at a team in peak form, the lessons will have no doubt been passed down to Hull’s Steve Bruce.
It is unlikely that Carlo Ancelotti would be pictured on a bus after a game but Bruce is not the same kind of manager than the Italian. That said even he will know that the Reds while vulnerable are going to kick into gear at some point.
The continued absence of Daniel Sturridge means that the miss-firing Mario Balotelli, back in the headlines, not once but twice this week for a range of small misdemeanours, will get the chance to start proving the doubters wrong.
While the loss of Sturridge has been a big blow, so too has the absence of Jon Flanagan. The locally born youngster has watched on as Liverpool’s defence, especially Glen Johnson, has looked ill at ease when under pressure. Johnson’s poor decision making midweek could see Rodgers revert to Javier Manquillo.
Rickie Lambert will hope that he can be involved while Kolo Toure might get the opportunity to answer the defensive crisis that has engulfed the club this season.
Hull meanwhile will hope that Abel Hernandez can build on his 3 goals in five games. The forward has so far proved an astute acquisition. The trip to Anfield won’t hold any fear for Bruce and his side especially after they drew 2-2 away to Arsenal last time out.
They do however have a number of key players missing with Nikica Jelavic and Michael Dawson out for up to six weeks with a knee and ankle problems. With Allan McGregor and back-up Steve Harper out, Eldin Jakupovic is set for only his second Premier League start.