Easy, easy, easy – another 3 points tomorrow without a doubt. Hull City ?? sure they only got promoted last year. How can they be expected to come to Anfield and leave with anything other than a good whipping? – Answer – because they are far from the cannon fodder that everybody thought they were going to be this season. Phil Brown has done a splendid job with this team to date and on their day can produce some superb performances. Last week they showed that they have a great team spirit and a real hunger to win games even when they seem dead and buried. I don’t think they will do a Stoke and play eleven goalposts as that’s not their style as they proved at Old Trafford. It really is going to be an interesting game.
Rafa has shocked everybody by saying that Liverpool cannot win the title without Chelsea or Man U handing it to them. He is being attacked for saying this but I believe he is playing the press and has learned a few mindgame tactics from Old Blue Nose Fergie. Rafa has 100% confidence that we can beat anyone anywhere if we have a full squad and play to our potential so i would take these comments with a pinch of salt.
However on the other hand – if we do not beat Hull tomorrow and move four points clear of Chelsea ahead of their London Derby on Sunday many will say that Rafa was only telling the truth !! We go into tomorrows game protecting the longest current unbeaten home record in the EPL. An interesting fact which shows what a good job Hull has done to date is that Both clubs have scored 24 goals in their 16 Premier League outings to date, and both have recouped an unsurpassed 12 Premier League points from losing positions, Liverpool have won four games in which they were trailing, while Hull have won three and drawn three. You have to back a long way to find the last time Hull beat Liverpool – oh sorry in fact don’t bother – they never have. Head to head history shows that it’s nine years since Hull and Liverpool last faced each other with us winning a Worthington League Cup second round tie 9-3 on aggregate. Liverpool won the most recent league clash on home soil against Hull; prevailing 5-3 in the old Second Division on 29 August 1959.
Pepe Reina goes into tomorrows match leading the race for the golden glove due to his 10 clean sheets so far this season. Our defense will have to on their toes however as Hull have scored 15 away goals so far this season, only Chelsea can beat that with their current 21. If Reina walks off with a clean sheet he will be the first keeper to do so against Hull at home – Yes they have scored at least once in EVERY away game so far this season – only Chelsea can equal that !!. Our last two home games have been goalless draws. So we have a team who always score away from home versus a club who have struggled to find the net at home – I will let you make your own minds up about that….and the final score.
Manager’s Quote Of The Week.
If you can’t stand the heat in the dressing room, get out of the kitchen
Thank you Mr Terry Venables – obviously the heat was getting to you when you came up with this cracker..
PS – Happy Birthday to Mr Agger – 24 today – hopefully the players won;t be on the lash tonight celebrating…