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Liverpool look to close the gap on 4th placed Man United to just 4 points as they travel to a Hull side that are locked in a fierce relegation scrap at the other end of the table.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have their Merseyside neighbours Everton to thank following their shock 3-0 victory over United on Sunday, giving Liverpool a lifeline in their quest for Champions League football. They must first pick up 3 points at the KC Stadium tonight however, which could prove to be a challenge following Hull’s impressive 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out.
Hull will be given a huge lift following this win, but sitting just 1 point adrift relegation they know that they will need to pick up as many points as possible if they are to avoid the drop next month.
They currently sit in 16th place, level on points with Leicester, with Aston Villa just 1 point ahead of the pair. A win for Steve Bruce would put his side just 1 point off of a nose-diving Newcastle side, but Hull will know that they will have to defend well if they are to get anything from tonight’s game.
Liverpool have also tightened up at the back, keeping 3 clean sheets in their last 4 fixtures. Hull will be boosted by Dame N’Doye’s brace at the weekend, and his goals could prove crucial in the final stretch of the season.
Liverpool were unable to find a breakthrough against West Brom last time out, much to the frustration of Liverpool fans who felt that these two games would be the perfect opportunity to put some distance between themselves and Tottenham, who they are level on points with, as well as Southampton who are just 1 point behind. The race for European football is as tight as ever, and it is likely to go down to the wire.
The travelling side will come to win the game and will see themselves as firm favourites, but Hull have a good record against Liverpool of late and they will feel quietly confident that they can get something from the game should they stay disciplined. The reverse fixture in October was a goalless draw at Anfield, whilst the fixture at the KC Stadium last season saw Hull pick up an impressive 3-1 victory.
They may be at opposing ends of the table, but there is an enormous amount at stake for these 2 teams as well as those around them. This makes it a key fixture, and one which could determine the fate of both teams when the curtain closes on the 2014/15 season.
David Meyler misses out for the hosts as he completes his suspension, whilst Jelavic, Davies and Snodgrass remain injured. Steve Bruce could have Mohamed Diame and Andy Robertson back following their recent injury problems.
Brendan Rodgers has been dealt a blow with Daniel Sturridge possibly out for the remainder of the season, and he will also have to travel to Hull without Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva. Alberto Moreno will be assessed ahead of the match.