Hull City crest
Hull City

N'Diaye (44)
Niasse (84)

2 - 0
Premier League
15:00 Sat 4th Feb 2017
Location: KCOM Stadium
Liverpool FC crest
Liverpool FC

15:00 Sat 4th Feb 2017
15:00 Sat 4th Feb 2017 KCOM Stadium

Hull v Liverpool: Live matchday blog

Liverpool were defeated 2-0 by Hull City at the KCOM Stadium this afternoon, with Alfred N'Diaye and Oumar Niasse scoring in either half for the hosts.

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Klopp's verdict

Click here to read the manager's assessment of today's game in full.


Klopp: "Earlier in the week we had a really good performance, but we didn't build on it."


Klopp: "We have to change things immediately."


Klopp: "It is my responsibility to make it possible for the players to show more."


Jürgen Klopp has arrived for his post-match press conference...

"We gave easy goals away and we didn't play the first half how we should have done. I think if we'd played like we did in the second half in the first half, it would have been more difficult for Hull," he says.


Full Time


It's all over at the KCOM Stadium as Liverpool suffer a fourth Premier League defeat of the season as they go down 2-0 to Hull City.

Goals in each half from Alfred N'Diaye and Oumar Niasse did the damage and secure the three points for the hosts on a disappointing afternoon for the Reds.


Henderson's rasping top-corner-bound shot from a corner cleared towards the edge of the box is superbly tipped over by Jakupovic.

Sturridge then has a drive repelled by the home 'keeper.



Goal for Hull City - Oumar Niasse

The striker reaches a long ball over the top and slides it under Mignolet to double the host's lead.



Double change for Liverpool - Moreno and Origi on, Milner and Lallana off.



Hull's final change and Meyler is on for Grosicki.


Yellow Card

Tymon picks up a yellow after a trip on Mane.


Milner collects Henderson's cross-field pass and cuts inside onto his right, but his low curler is easy for Jakupovic to claim.



Liverpool make their first change and Sturridge replaces Can.



Coutinho spurns a glorious opportunity to draw the Reds level as a scramble in the box results in the ball breaking for him at the back post, but he hooks his half-volley wide of the upright.



Hull make a second substitution and Hernandez is off for Niasse.


It's almost 2-0 as Hull break at pace. Hernandez finds himself through on goal, but he's denied by Mignolet's sprawling save.


Liverpool don't clear their lines and the ball is hooked over the top by Huddlestone, where Hernandez strikes into the side netting.



Hull change - Evandro is off and Tymon is on.


Milner hoists a free-kick into the area, where Lucas and then Matip are both thwarted by blocks. Liverpool are getting closer, though.



Mane goes close to drawing Liverpool level as he loops a back-post header towards goal from Lallana's cross. Somehow, however, Jakupovic keeps it out.


Milner side-foots towards the top corner after Can won the ball on the edge of the area with his head. It's claimed by Jakupovic.


Can's low glancing header from a corner is stopped by Jakupovic on the line at the second attempt.


The ball drops for Matip at a corner, but Huddlestone makes a block on his shot.



Second half

We're back underway at the KCOM Stadium. A response needed from Liverpool, here.

Half-time odds

Here's how the betting looks at the break, with BETVICTOR.

Hull City: 7/5
Draw: 19/10
Liverpool: 23/10

Fancy a flutter? Click here to place a bet with BETVICTOR.

Here's the tale of the first half in stats...


Half Time

And that was virtually the last action of the first half as Hull City go into the break holding a one-goal lead over Liverpool thanks to Alfred N'Diaye's strike.



Goal for Hull City - Alfred N'Diaye

Liverpool concede a cheap corner and are made to pay as the home side take full advantage.

Maguire heads the ball into the ground and towards goal, Mignolet spills the ball under a challenge from Hernandez and N'Diaye is on hand to stab in from four yards out.


Yellow Card

Now Milner picks up a yellow for a handball.


Lallana crashes a shot against a Hull body inside the area after Coutinho had struck a free-kick into the wall seconds earlier before working the ball back into the danger zone.


Matip diverts Coutinho's corner towards goal with his head; however, it's wide of target.


Yellow Card

A terrible challenge on Mane from Maguire earns him a yellow card.



Liverpool are inches away from taking the lead as Jakupovic spills Firmino's cross into the path of Coutinho, who hits a shot into the ground and wide of target via a deflection.

From the resulting corner, Firmino's glancing header is saved by the Hull goalkeeper.


Match shot


Firmino absolutely belts an effort towards goal from Mane's knockdown, but it cannons against a defender inside the area.


The ball rolls invitingly for N'Diaye on the edge of the Liverpool box, but he scuffs his shot straight at Mignolet.


Mane chests the ball down 25 yards out and lashes a half-volley at goal...over the bar.


Great noise coming out of the visitors' section here at the KCOM Stadium. Poor Scouser Tommy is currently getting a lively airing.


An early chance for Emre Can, who collects Jordan Henderson's ball into the area and curls at goal - but it's not troubling Eldin Jakupovic.


And we're off!

Adam Lallana gets the game up and running. Come on you Reds!


Listen live

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Here come the teams onto the pitch...


Here's a reminder of today's teams...


The Reds arrive at the KCOM...


Here's how Hull line-up this afternoon...

Jakupovic, Robertson, Maguire, Dawson, Elabdellaoui, Huddlestone, Grosicki, N'Diaye, Evandro, Clucas, Hernandez.


Team news

The teamsheets are in at the KCOM Stadium…

Sadio Mane returns to Liverpool’s starting XI for the first time since January 2 following his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, with the Senegal forward set to line up alongside Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in the Reds’ front three.

Adam Lallana drops back into midfield along with Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, while Lucas Leiva partners Joel Matip at the heart of Jürgen Klopp’s defence. Dejan Lovren (knee) and Ragnar Klavan (illness) are ruled out.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lucas, Matip, Milner, Can, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Karius, Moreno, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Origi, Sturridge.


Visitors' quarters

A look inside the Liverpool dressing room at the KCOM Stadium.


Here they come...

The Reds' team coach arrives at the KCOM Stadium.


Hull boss Marco Silva on the Reds in today’s matchday programme…

“They are a good side, with a fantastic coach, but I have confidence in my players to deliver a good performance.”

Speaking of the programme, here it is, in all its glory...


Ever wondered what pre-match meal is on offer for members of the press at the KCOM Stadium?


Well, we're going to tell you anyway.

BBQ pulled pork rolls, texas beef and vegetarian chillies with rice, nachos and salsa are what is on offer this afternoon.

"Delicious," is how scribe Sam Williams described it as he tucked in.


The key men

Which players could be decisive this afternoon? Take a look at individual stats for both squads with our Opta comparison tool below.


All quiet... the KCOM Stadium for now.


As for every Liverpool game, we'll have live commentary available for free this afternoon. Listen in to the action as it happens at Hull here:


Emre's aim

Emre Can will hope to get the nod at the KCOM Stadium, with the midfielder eager to impress in the final months of the season after admitting frustration with his personal form so far.

"I still [have] 15 games and I can show myself and I can show everyone that I am strong and I am a good player," the No.23 told "I will come back and I will play better again."


Team news

Jürgen Klopp will have a strong squad to choose from this afternoon, having been able to report no new injury concerns at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren came through the draw against Chelsea without exacerbating minor issues, meaning selection options for the manager today.

Watch his preview in full on LFCTV GO below...


The view from the opposition

To learn more about how Hull have changed since the sides last met, we spoke to Will Jackson, football writer at the Hull Daily Mail - who offered interesting insight on the impact of new manager Marco Silva.

Click here to read the Q&A.


Did you know?

Only twice since 1990 have Liverpool accumulated more points at this stage of a campaign than the 46 they currently have (in 1990-91 and 2008-09).


This man is in line for a 50th league appearance for Liverpool today...


What are the odds?

Here are the current match prices from our partner BetVictor...

Hull City - 6/1
Draw - 18/5
Liverpool - 1/2

Click here for more information.


Below is a reminder of this weekend's Premier League fixtures and how the table stands before the action begins with Chelsea hosting Arsenal this lunchtime.


Adam Lallana: Inside the body and mind of a Liverpool player

One thing you simply have to do before the game gets under way is read our special feature with Adam Lallana, which was published earlier this week.

The No.20 revealed all about the mental and physical attributes required to reach the elite level of football in an engaging and insightful interview with

Click here to read it now.



The forecast

It's a punctual weather update for travelling fans today.

A bright morning in Hull bodes well for the rest of the day and, indeed, the temperature is set to climb to around seven degrees by kick-off. Not bad.


Take a look at how the Reds have been preparing for today's game with our behind-the-scenes footage and photos from training at Melwood...



Liverpool ran out emphatic winners when these teams clashed earlier in the campaign. Remind yourself of how that encounter unfolded with our quickfire highlights on LFCTV GO...


Take a look at the stats of each side's season so far with our Opta comparison tool, which has all of the facts and figures you could possibly need...

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Morning all

A warm welcome to our matchday blog as Liverpool prepare to face Hull City away from home in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Reds will be determined to build on the midweek draw with leaders Chelsea - and you can follow all of the build-up, action and reaction right here throughout the day.

So, let's get started...