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Liverpool 2-0 Hull City – Normal Service Resumed

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By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool got back to winning ways at Anfield on Wednesday. A header from Daniel Agger and a majestic free-kick from Luis Suarez was enough to take all three points from their first game of 2014. 

Hull City, managed by Steve Bruce or maybe it was Bruce Lee on the day, took part in the isolation and constant fouling of Luis Suarez. Clearly something the team were instructed to do. Bruce of course would love nothing better as a former Manchester United player to take points off Liverpool at Anfield. His son, Alex Bruce made a new years resolution to kick Suarez at every chance. David Meyler was out to win worst challenge of 2014 and came close on two occasions.

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Suarez cut a frustrated figure at the end of the first half. A media campaign that vilified him over the Patrice Evra and Branislav Ivanovic mistakes have allowed referees and the FA in general to leave him unprotected with an attitude of “he deserves it”. Most of it is to do with Suarez being a foreigner as English players who have committed offenses are forgiven overnight. Not so with the evil foreigner Suarez.

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Revenge was sweet for Suarez as he curled an immaculate free-kick past Alan McGregor at the Kop end. Steven Gerrard also returned to the starting eleven and brought some calmness to a midfield that looked tired. Philippe Coutinho could have had two or three goals and a goal would have served as a much-needed confidence boost for the Brazilian.

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Mission accomplished, three points in the bag for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool FC. Emphasis now shifts to the upcoming fixtures after a tough festive period. Liverpool will see out January with games against Oldham on Sunday in the FA Cup, Stoke City away in the league followed by consecutive home games against Aston Villa and Everton. Liverpool supporters will now look to see who Liverpool sign in the January transfer window. If the right players are brought in, Liverpool could potentially threaten the top four again.

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LIVERPOOL

  • 22 Mignolet – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 5 (Kolo Touré – 55′ ) – 5
  • 20 Cissokho – 6
  • 14 Henderson – 6
  • 37 Skrtel – 7
  • 05 Agger – 6
  • 09 Iago Aspas – 4 (Gerrard – 62′ ) – 6
  • 21 Lucas – 6
  • 07 Suárez – 7 (Booked)
  • 10 Coutinho – 7
  • 31 Sterling – 6 (Moses – 76′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Kolo Touré
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 12 Moses
  • 34 Kelly
  • 46 Rossiter

HULL CITY

  • 01 McGregor – 5
  • 27 Elmohamady – 5
  • 03 Figueroa – 4
  • 06 Davies (Booked)
  • 04 Bruce – 3 (Booked)
  • 05 Chester – 4
  • 07 Meyler – 4 (Boyd – 59′ )
  • 14 Livermore – 5
  • 20 Sagbo – 1  (Fryatt – 58′ )
  • 10 Koren  – 4(Graham – 59′ )
  • 08 Huddlestone – 6

Substitutes

  • 02 Rosenior
  • 09 Graham
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 17 Boyd
  • 22 Harper
  • 23 Faye
  • 29 Quinn
Referee: Craig Pawson – 4
Attendance: 44,627
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