Liverpool loses 3-1 at Hull in Premier League

Hull beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday for its

first ever victory against the Merseyside club.

Hull went ahead after Jake Livermore’s shot from outside the

area took a deflection off Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and

looped over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the 20th minute at the KC

Stadium.

Steven Gerrard equalized seven minutes later with a well-placed

free kick through a sudden hole in the wall created by Skrtel.

David Meyler put Hull ahead again in the 72nd with a left-footed

shot and Skrtel finished a miserable afternoon for Liverpool with a

spectacular own-goal header in the 87th.

Liverpool, which trails league leaders Arsenal by seven points,

missed England forward Daniel Sturridge who is likely to be out for

at least six weeks with an ankle injury.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had recalled Victor Moses and

Raheem Sterling, the latter making his first start since Oct. 5,

but they proved inadequate replacements for Sturridge.

For Hull, it was a memorable afternoon and a season’s best

performance – just the boost required after last week’s defeat to

lowly Crystal Palace.

The match quickly settled into a pattern of Liverpool going

forward and Hull clearing its lines.

The Reds forced three corners in the first six minutes, but the

hosts stood up well to Gerrard’s delivery.

There were hints that Hull was not going to be completely

passive, though, with Yannick Sagbo and Livermore creating a

promising counter-attack in the 14th minute only for Robert Koren

to linger too long over a final ball.

Nevertheless, it was still a major surprise when Hull went ahead

six minutes later.

Moses was culpable, giving the ball away to Ahmed Elmohamady

when trying to attack from the back and bringing Livermore into the

game.

He exchanged a quick one-two with Meyler, advanced on goal and

saw his 20-yard strike loop past Mignolet via a heavy deflection

off Skrtel for Livermore’s first goal of the season.

With 26 minutes gone Curtis Davies felled the advancing Jordan

Henderson and offered Liverpool the most inviting of free

kicks.

Luis Suarez appeared interested but Gerrard pulled rank and bent

the ball brilliantly past Allan McGregor after Skrtel pulled away

from the wall to create a gap.

The leveler settled Liverpool and both Gerrard and Suarez began

to play with greater freedom as they probed Hull for further

openings.

Yet they did not have a shot of note between them until the

stroke of half time when Suarez hit an unusually tame effort from

Sterling’s clever through ball.

Liverpool started the second period shakily with Moses and

Sterling offering little cutting edge in support of Suarez.

Meyler grabbed the second, driving into the bottom corner after

his initial strike was blocked by Kolo Toure.

With Liverpool throwing numbers forward, a third goal seemed

inevitable and came when Tom Huddlestone’s shot looked to be

heading well wide until Skrtel’s deflection.