Hull City v Liverpool: Behind Enemy Lines [@RRFCJamie]

This Saturday sees Hull City take on Liverpool at the KCOM Stadium. In this article I will be previewing the match from a Hull City fan’s perspective. This will include looking at previous meetings, key players, potential line ups and team news.

Previous Meetings

The reverse fixture this season at Anfield saw Hull City demolished 5-1 on a disappointing day for Mike Phelan’s men.  The Tigers were on a poor run of form at the time but that takes nothing away from Liverpool’s dominant performance.  However at the KCOM Stadium Hull have previously enjoyed success against the Reds.  

Liverpool ran Hull off the park in their 5-1 win in September

Liverpool ran Hull off the park in their 5-1 win in September

The 2013/14 season saw Hull City record their first ever league win against Liverpool thanks to David Meyler & Jake Livermore strikes, and an own-goal from Martin Skrtel.  The following season then saw Hull win once again at the KCOM Stadium thanks to a header from Michael Dawson.  

Also it is important to remember that Hull City are beginning to look much more well drilled under new boss Marco Silva, especially at home.  All 3 of Marco Silva’s games at the KCOM Stadium have been won, including the 2-1 victory over Manchester United which halted their 17 match unbeaten streak.  

Hull ended Man United's 17-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 win in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at the KCOM - though it wasn't enough

Hull ended Man United’s 17-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 win in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at the KCOM – though it wasn’t enough

Key Players

One noticeable absentee from Hull City’s squad for Saturday will be Lazar Markovic.  Markovic has certainly struck form under Marco Silva despite a tricky start.  Markovic will certainly be missed for Marco Silva.

However new signing Kamil Grosicki may slot into the Markovic role.  Grosicki was signed on deadline day for £8m from Stade Rennes and has hit form for club and country, Poland, before.

Kamil Grosicki

Kamil Grosicki, Hull’s new signing on deadline day, could feature.

Another player who has certainly hit form in recent weeks is young centre back Harry Maguire. Maguire has received plaudits from footballing fans worldwide, including Jamie Carragher, for his exciting modern day central defender displays.  Even if he does not have an exceptional impact on the weekend he is certainly one for the future with an England cap potentially on the cards for the young man.  

Maguire [left] is earning plaudits for some mature displays lately.

Maguire [left] is earning plaudits for some mature displays lately.

Another player who will be crucial for Hull on Saturday is Eldin Jakupovic.  The Swiss ‘keeper has certainly become a fan favourite after Marco Silva made him his first choice due to the disappointing form of summer signing David Marshall.  “Jak” put in an outstanding performance in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Thursday night and also put in a heroic display against Liverpool in the 0-0 draw in the 2014/15 season.

Predicted Line-Up:

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Verdict: Hull 1-0 Liverpool [McGuire to score]

Written by @RRFCJamie

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