- Nov 3, 2012
After a Merseyside Derby which will undoubtedly go down as one of the greats, it's time to look forward to our next fixture: Hull away.
This fixture signals the start of a very hectic period of games, as December normally is, so we will be hoping more than ever to avoid any serious injuries. Hull enter this game placed 13th in the table - a very respectable position for newcomers, despite suffering back to back defeats in the league. However, in 3 of Hull's last 4 games in the league, the points have been decided by a single goal, and Hull have one of the best home defensive records in the league, only shipping 2 goals at home all season.
Having said that, Liverpool are scoring for fun at the moment, and, by the looks of things, conceding goals for fun too. In fact, with us lying second in the table after a third of the season, fun seems commonplace on Merseyside at the moment. Hopefully Sturridge will be fit to play, and received some criticism from Rodgers after the derby for putting himself on the line for a meaningless England friendly. Suarez, too, looks like he'll be playing, after suffering a pretty horrific tackle from Mirallas (which was a red all day long!). With Coutinho looking as impressive as ever, the build-up play between the front 3 is scintillating, and should hopefully be enough to break down what has been a tough Hull defence to breach.
As for formations, Enrique will be out for around 10 weeks after undergoing an operation on his knee, and Cissokho has also been suffering from niggling injuries and lack of form. After impressing highly against Everton, Flanagan deserves to remain in the team. I'd also keep Skrtel and Agger in defence, as Hull don't pose much of an attacking threat, and the ball playing skills of Agger will be handy here, when he steps out of defence and carries the ball, creating room for others in midfield and up front. Sadly, after dropping a bit of a clanger last game, Allen will probably be back on the bench, and I fear what this is all doing to his confidence, as he very much seems, like Henderson, to be a confidence player. Lucas put in a good shift last game too, making numerous track-back tackles and covering others (although I'm sure this will be debated!). Gerrard, here, will be a key player, as he usually gets time on the ball against 'lesser' sides*, and his distribution will be an important tool in breaking Hull down. As such, I would play 4-2-2-2, and this would be my setup:
Over to you, folks!
*Disclaimer: Write teams off as 'lesser' at your own peril.