Liverpool hope victory against Hull will restart challenge
Lets be honest, January was awful for us. Our only saving grace or plus point worth a mention was a much needed draw against Chelsea on Tuesday night. Denying Chelsea the ability to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool looked a different side on Tuesday, zipping the ball around, pressing the Chelsea team further back trying all they could to exploit any weakness, dominating possession and controlling the pace of the game.
We just need to find a way of doing this the against a team that doesn’t feature in the Top 6.
Choosing a starting XI
Despite a lack of concentration for David Luiz’s brilliant free kick on Tuesday night, Simon Mignolet made amends with a crucial penalty save from Costa.
Defence: Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner
Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren should have more than enough, to cope with a goal shy Hull City, who have only scored 20 Premier League goals all season. Nathaniel Clyne will look to get forward at every opportunity, while James Milner has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers this season.
Midfield: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana
Wijnaldum will be the engine and power, after his powerful header against Chelsea, Klopp has challenged him to score more. Henderson will again provide the anchor in midfield, allowing the creative talents of Adam Lallana to join in on the attack.
Forwards: Coutinho, Firmino, Mané
A return to Liverpool’s prolific front three for the first time since November. The attack has been limp of late and will benefit from Mané starting. Missing his direct running he’s our once player to run around the defenders and whip in a pacy cross. When he came off the bench against Chelsea we saw the difference. Firminio still looks the better option to lead the attack / press. Origi and Sturridge both look a long way off their best. Firmino’s ability to run the channels and lines between the centre backs nearly caught Chelsea out a few times.
We have more than enough creative attacking options on the pitch and should cause Hull City plenty of problems. A win is crucial if we are to reignite our title challenge.
Klopp on Silva:
“I am impressed, what can I say? They’ve had a lot of different line-ups and systems in the last few games and it’s interesting to watch.
“They’ve played Manchester United now three times; the power and strength of United, that’s not too easy but they did really well and that’s without confidence because they don’t always get [good] results so Silva is obviously a good manager.”
Should Chelsea slip up against Arsenal in the day’s early kick off it would be really interesting.