Hull City can move four points clear of the relegation zone with a victory over Liverpool, who are looking for just a second win in six games in all competitions.
Some of the Tigers’ better performances this season have not been rewarded with as many positive results as they would have felt they deserved, so there was much relief on Saturday when a Dame N’Doye double earned them a crucial win at Crystal Palace; a game which they dominated for long spells.
It was a timely return to form for the Senegalese striker, and he could have had a couple more from a display that suggests Steve Bruce’s squad has more than enough talent to avoid relegation. The visitors have struggled in midfield areas recently, so the contribution of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore could be key for Hull.
Two consecutive defeats for Manchester United have given Liverpool slight hope of catching them for fourth place, and a win here would narrow the gap to four points. However, the draw at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday represented a missed opportunity to put significant pressure on their arch rivals.
With Daniel Sturridge’s chances of playing again this season seemingly hanging in the balance, the Reds will have to rely on an attacking setup that has failed to impress throughout the season. Mario Balotelli was given the nod at the Hawthorns, and if he starts here, he would want more service to compliment his team’s dominance of possession.
David Meyler completes a three-match ban for Hull, who are still without Nikica Jelavic, Robert Snodgrass and Curtis Davies, but Mohamed Diame and Andrew Robertson could return.
Liverpool will again be unable to call upon Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho, while Alberto Moreno will be assessed after missing the West Brom game.
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