Liverpool losing in frustrating fashion to Hull City  1


After a great display against Chelsea in mid-week is was sadly business as usual as Liverpool lost to Hull City 2-0 in frustrating fashion on Saturday at the KCOM Stadium.

How many more times this season will we see Liverpool fail to break down deep-sitting opponents?

They grow frustrated and commit numbers forward and out of desperation get caught on the break. It’s time to act and change something.

The Team

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner; Can, Henderson Lallana; Coutinho, Firmino, Mané.

Subs used: Sturridge, Origi, Moreno

Highlights

  • Alfred N’Diaye opened the scoring for the hosts on the stroke of half-time.
  • Oumar Niasse sealed the Reds’ fate by rounding off a counter-attack five minutes from time.
  • Sadio Mane, making his first start since January 2, nearly returned with a goal when he was denied acrobatically by Eldin Jakupovic
  • Philippe Coutinho had his worst performance in a red shirt sliced a shot wide from close range.
  • Fourth Premier League defeat of the season for the Reds.
  • Klopp looked rejected and dejected not angry after the game.
  • Jamie Carragher states Liverpool have been found out.
  • Joel Matip says they will work harder to rectify it.

The Team

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner; Can, Henderson Lallana; Coutinho, Firmino, Mané.

Subs used: Sturridge, Origi, Moreno

The Game

Lucas was drafted in at centre-back by Klopp, with Dejan Lovren absent because of a knee problem. Which is naturally frustrating to see because we had a natural centre-back in Gomez available and Sakho who recently joined Crystal Palace on loan. 
Klopp will be annoyed at how slow Liverpool started again Hull, especially when you compare to the start against Chelsea. No power, zip, energy or enthusiasm. Just the old lathergic traits. It is now becoming a joke that Liverpool are the team that just keeps on giving, the almost Robin Hood of Modern Football. And against Hull this continued with two goals scored down to weak defending at set-pieces pieces and being exploited on the counter-attack.

Can who was chosen over Wijnaldum, despite poor form being put down to an injury, had yet another awful game. Two careless touches from gift wrapped Hull a corner. Mignolet under pressure from Hernández , could only palm the ball down at the feet of N’Diaye, who made no mistake from close range.

Again questions will be asked, and to be fair to the fans, rightly so.

  • What happened to Mignolet?
  • Why did Hernández and N’Diaye react quicker than anyone in red?
  • Why were Hull players unmarked again? Playing zonal defence is an option, but when it fails due to static players we have to change.
  • Henderson, Lucas and Clyne were caught static.
  • Why do our starting XI feature 8 midfield players?

Second half

The second half initially reflected a game between a team with designs on the Champions League and another hoping to avoid the Championship. Where Liverpoll started much better, clearly responding to a good ‘Talking to’ at half time. Gradually stretching Hull repeatedly and forcing a desperate last minute saves. All of a sudden a very weak Hull City looked became a capable side.

Frustratingly there was no end product for us. Running down blind alleys, pressing and trying to find an opening we were playing into Hull’s hands.
Mané forced a great save from the Jakupovic, who for day only won a golden ticket to become ‘world class’. Followed by another save from Can’s diving header before Coutinho missed probably Liverpool’s clearest opportunity – slicing his shot so badly that it sailed across goal and out.

It was inevitable Hull would have the final say. Mané losing possession under a challenge from Maguire. Ranocchia played a first-time clearance over the Liverpool defence for Niasse to chase. Consequently, Liverpool we so far advanced it was easy for the Senegal international to sprint through and beat Mignolet.

Having two natural midfielders in the defensive line won’t help. Hull realised this and targeted Milner. Allowing him plenty of room down the left, lack of defensive discipline meant they exploited the gap behind when required. Is it time to try Alexander-Arnold on the right and Clyne on the left? Possibly?

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