Liverpool 5-1 Hull City: The good, the bad and the chatty


Neil Poole was at Anfield to witness another relentless display from Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds on Saturday, brushing aside Hull City 5-1.

The Good

Out of the five goals, the two penalties stand out for a couple of reasons.

James Milner instils the same confidence when stepping up to the penalty spot as Steven Gerrard. He may not be comparable as a player but like with Stevie G I’d put my house on him scoring nine out of ten from 12 yards.

Hull goalie, David Marshall, was beaten twice from the spot by Milner, and beaten both times to his left, diving the correct way. Milner knew he could signpost those pens and still put the ball out of reach. It wasn’t a high pressure game but such self-belief is refreshing after two seasons watching players looking bereft of self-confidence.

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“A perfect exhibition in how to beat a vastly inferior side” – The media on Liverpool 5-1 Hull

on 25.09.2016

The media were full of praise for Liverpool’s ruthlessness and relentless pressing after Jurgen Klopp’s Reds blitzed 10-man Hull City 5-1 with an outstanding performance at Anfield.

Liverpool continued their fine start to the Premier League campaign with an excellent display to maul the Tigers and earn an extremely impressive victory.

Goals from Adam Lallana, James Milner and Sadio Mane gave the Reds the commanding lead their exquisite play deserved, as Klopp’s side put Mike Phelan’s Tigers to sword in a relentless first-half in which Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off for Hull.

David Meyler pulled one back before Philippe Coutinho restored the three-goal cushion with a trademark stunner, and Milner rounded off a brilliant afternoon by slotting his second spot-kick of the afternoon to seal the win.

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Mamadou Sakho has let the Liverpool Country down

Mamadou Sakho has let the Liverpool Country down

“Still happy to live in my “Liverpool Country” with my family, hope to have chance to play soon to give my best like I try to do always!

“I accept my situation but I can’t accept the lie… The fans deserve to know the true! Thanks for your support.”

Mamadou Sakho took to social media platform Snapchat, at 2am no less, to break his long silence after being sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of America for an unprofessional attitude. It’s kind of ironic, isn’t it?

It’s an ill-thought-out plan on the centre-back’s part and does nothing to quell the claims his poor attitude is the reason Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has frozen him out of the first team. Less than a month after Sakho rejected a loan move away from the club, despite Klopp advising him that a move away would be the best chance he had of regaining his place in the team, the frustration of not seeing any match time, not even in the u23s, has clearly got the better of him.

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Statistical reasoning behind the calls for Karius

Statistical Reasoning Behind the Calls for Karius

I’m excited people. Very excited. The last time I was this excited about a Liverpool squad was, believe it or not, pre-Suarez/Sturridge/Sterling. Back in the day, the spine of Reina, Carra, Mascherano, Alonso, Gerrard and Torres was the strongest I’ve seen at Anfield, and a wonderful foundation to build a side on from front to back. But on the bench? The likes of Ngog, Kyrgiakos and Josemi hardly gave the stars of the team reason to fear and fight for their place.

Today is different. Today, we could start Firmino, Coutinho, Sturridge and Mané and still have the exciting Origi, energetic Lallana, and fresh, youthful Ojo to call on in attack. In midfield it’s the same story, and at centre-back Klopp finally appears to be pulling a little solidarity together and getting something decent out of Lovren while adding the competent Klavan and highly promising Matip to the mix.

And, at long, LONG last, two goalkeepers who would, at the very least, actually be in with a chance of starting for a number of Premier League teams. At the most, they could be the man between the sticks for a Champions League team before long. Make no mistake, they’re both alright.

It’s always seemed utter madness to me to just have one decent ‘keeper. Real Madrid, recently, went a couple of seasons playing one of Casillas and Keylor Navas in the league and the other in all the cups. If one gets injured, they can place the utmost confidence in the other to fulfil the job full time. Not a number one and an understudy, more two top notch players taking turns, sharing the load and doing a fine job.

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Academy column: Ejaria debut and why Klopp gives hope

Academy Column

In our latest Academy column from Kirkby we speak to Liverpool U23s boss Michael Beale about the first-team debut of Ovie Ejaria and the 6-2 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night.

It was another proud and a huge moment for the Academy when our manager Jürgen Klopp handed Ovie Ejaria his first-team debut as he came off the bench against Derby County in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night. It was also a proud moment for Ovie himself and his family. He came up to Liverpool from Arsenal two years ago and it was his dream to try and get in our first-team squad. Ovie has developed hugely in the last 12 months and even in the last two or three months when he has been around the first-team I have seen him grow so much in stature as a young man and as a football player. I think it’s fantastic our manager has shown that faith to use him, and Ovie will be looking to kick forward onwards and upwards now.

I remember first seeing Ovie when he was at a very young age during my time at Chelsea. We had a local development centre down in south London and Ovie’s U7s team were invited to come along and train. Ovie trained with the Chelsea U8s group alongside the likes of Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham, who are two of Chelsea’s brightest young players. Ovie was always really sought after, even back then. He chose to sign for West Ham United and then Arsenal got him. I always kept an eye on his progress throughout the years and then we crossed paths again when he signed for Liverpool. Our head of Academy scouting and recruitment, Matthew Newberry, brought him in for training and we were reunited again. He is a pleasure to work with and our Academy director Alex Inglethorpe liked what he saw from him, and the same with Neil Critchley and Mike Garrity when he first started out in our U18s team. We offered him a scholarship and it was a fantastic decision.

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Mane: ‘Amazing’ Reds merited comfortable Hull win

Sadio Mane hailed a ‘deserved’ win built on ‘amazing’ football after Liverpool thrashed Hull City at Anfield on Saturday to extend their fine run of recent form.

The Reds found themselves three goals up and a man to the good with just 45 minutes gone on Merseyside, after Adam Lallana, James Milner and Mane made the most of a sparkling first-half performance.

And, despite conceding early on during the second period, the hosts underlined their dominance as they added further strikes through Philippe Coutinho and Milner before the game was out.

Reflecting on the result, Mane told “I think today we deserved the win, we played amazing football from the beginning until the end.

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Milner: Competition is driving us to perform so well

James Milner

The fierce battle for places in the Liverpool team is pushing every player to perform at their maximum level, according to James Milner.

A fourth successive victory in all competitions was secured against Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as the Reds struck five goals at Anfield.

Milner got two of them, both from the penalty spot, while Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho added their name to the scoresheet during another encouraging display.

The vice-captain had spoken before the match about his sense that this season feels ‘a bit different’ with regards to Liverpool’s potential to mount a challenge in the division.

And, after the 5-1 result over the Tigers was confirmed, he explained how the knowledge that a teammate is ready and waiting to step up is inspiring those currently in the starting XI.

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