Liverpool will be hoping for a much easier ride than they endured against Real Madrid when Steve Bruce takes his Hull City to Anfield.
There were vulnerabilities exposed in the Liverpool side during their last Premier League match at Queens Park Rangers, where they claimed a fortunate victory in almost apologetic fashion. However, they were ruthlessly brushed aside by the European champions, with whom they could barely compete.
Mario Balotelli continues to find himself under the spotlight, while a great deal of responsibility is falling upon 19-year-old Raheem Sterling, who seems to be the one player the Reds look to for inspiration in the absence of Daniel Sturridge.
After that chastening experience at the hands of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Liverpool cannot expect a comfortable game against Hull, who came within minutes of upsetting Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The Tigers are being driven forward by two inspired deadline signings, with Mohamed Diame and Abel Hernandez grabbing seven goals between them in less than two months.
As well as Sturridge, Liverpool are without Jon Flanagan, while this game is likely to come too soon for Mamadou Sakho.
Hull could be forced to play third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic due to injuries suffered by Allan McGregor and Steve Harper. Michael Dawson and Nikica Jelavic are among the outfield absentees.
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