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Hull City v Liverpool

Liverpool make their first ever visit to the KC Stadium on Saturday when the Reds take on Hull City.

The Tigers claimed a point in the fixture at Anfield earlier this season as the two teams played out an enthralling 2-2 draw.

Liverpool's last visit to Hull came in a League Cup second round tie at Boothferry Park in September 1999.

The game was notable for Erik Meijer's first and last goals in a Red jersey as the big Dutchman claimed a brace in a 5-1 victory for Gerard Houllier's side.

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This is Liverpool's first visit to the Kingston Communications Stadium.

Their last visit to the city saw them win 5-1 at Boothferry Park in a League Cup tie in September 1999.

The last league meeting in Hull came in January 1960 when a first half Jimmy Melia goal gave the Reds a 1-0 win.

Earlier this season Hull came to Anfield and drew 2-2. They were two up inside 22 minutes thanks to Paul McShane and a Jamie Carragher own goal. Within ten minutes the scores were level thanks to two Steven Gerrard strikes.

Liverpool have never lost to Hull in any of the 13 meetings in all competitions with the Reds winning ten.

Only one Liverpool player has ever scored a hat-trick against the Tigers. Ian Callaghan scored all the Reds goals in a 3-1 League Cup Replay at Anfield in December 1973 with the game being played on a weekday afternoon to conserve power.

Liverpool have won 10 times on the road in the league this season. Only Chelsea with 11 have won more.

One more point will give the Reds their highest number won in a season under Rafa Benitez away from home. In 2005-06 they won 10 and drew four as they have done so far this campaign.

Hull have not won at home in the last eight games picking up just three points in that time.

However, on their travels they have won at Arsenal, drawn at Chelsea and Liverpool and though losing at Manchester United still scored three times.​
 

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Hope to see Agger play again, we need to do everything in our power to make him stay. Don't rate Skrtel and Carragher is obviously on the decline, we need to trust in Agger to put his injury troubles behind him and start fulfilling his potential. Would like to see Insua start as well.
 

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The line up:

The Reds XI in full is: Reina, Arbeloa, Insua, Skrtel, Carragher, Alonso, Mascherano, Lucas, Benayoun, Kuyt, Torres. Subs: DC, DA, DN, AD, AR, FA, NEZ.

I'm glad Insua's starting. Lucas behind Torres, should be interesting and thank god Reira's not starting. He's awful most of the time.
 

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Tbf Hull are playing really well. They're closing us down very fast. On top of that Arbeloa and Masch aren't playing very well. Not seen Masch give the ball away as much as he's doing today.

We need to get a grip of midfield, and for that to happen we need Masch to sort himself out.
 

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haha...was having a right moan at my brother about not letting Xabi near our free kicks and corners. Though tbf it was a shit first attempt. Masch what a dive!

Hope we sort our act out 2nd half. Our passing isn't the best and our defence is putting Reina under too much pressure with dodgy passes.

Pitch isn't looking very good. Probably why our passing hasn't been too good.
 

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Thank **** for that, dirk scores his second 3-1, that was hard work! can we learn the art of defending please? I miss those days when we called defensive.
 

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Alonso MOTM as per. Yossi and Kuyt being the other stand outs.

Skrtel and Arbeloa were awful, feel sorry for Insua making that mistake apart from that another good game by him, can't be easy for a young lad to come into a team that is currently an utter mess defensively.
 
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