The Redmen TV – Match Preview: Liverpool vs Hull City

Anfield, 15:00 Saturday

Match Preview:

Just 3 points separate Liverpool and Hull City after eight league matches of the season, with the hosts holding the advantage in 5th as their visitors occupy 11th. Both arrive off the back of intense league matches last weekend, though Liverpool also fell to a 3-0 home defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday – a dramatic late finish saw the Reds win 3-2 away at Queens Park Rangers whilst, also in London, Danny Welbeck’s injury time goal denied the Tigers a 2-1 victory over Arsenal. Misfiring Liverpool must be content with 5th after a difficult opening period of the season – they’ve taken 7 points from five league matches and are unbeaten in three, with back-to-back victories home to West Bromwich Albion and away to QPR helping Brendan Rodgers’ side towards the positions they aspire to occupy once again this season. Steve Bruce’s Hull have been similarly inconsistent – elimination from the Europa League was an early blow, and the Tigers have won just twice in the league, taking just 6 points from their previous five games featuring a 4-2 home defeat to Manchester City and a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace. This is just the ninth weekend of the season and points remain at a premium at this early stage – the result of this match could see either side catapulted up the table or capitulate and tumble adrift of their ambitions, and both will be keen to better last weekend by marrying performance with result.

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Opposition XI:

Ahead of Saturday’s visit of Hull City, The Redmen TV spoke with Amber Nectar’s Andy Dalton and Ian Waterson of City Independent – thanks to Andy and Ian for providing their insights once again:

Did you feel as though 16th rather undermined your quality and general performance level last season and strangely, given your inexperience, do you actually feel reasonably ‘established’ at this level this time around?

Andy:  “I don’t think clubs of our stature ever feel “established” at this level, at least not in the longer term. There are probably only 7-8 clubs at the start of a season for whom relegation is highly unlikely; for the rest of us it’s a constant concern. That said, City are extremely well prepared for that fight this season and it’d be a surprise and a disappointment not improve upon that 16th place finish – which itself was partially due to FA Cup prioritisation at the end of last season”.

Ian:  “Heh, you’re kidding right? We’re Hull City, there are no delusions of grandeur at this end of the M62, let me assure you. If City can avoid the ‘second season syndrome’ it will be seen as another roaring success for everyone connected with the club”.

Can you describe for us your emotions before, during, and after that FA Cup Final?

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