Tomorrow Liverpool travel to Hull for the fourth top flight meeting between the clubs at KC Stadium. The Reds have recorded just one win, it came in the spring of 2009. Let´s go back six years and check out the 3-1 victory.
This season Liverpool was close to winning the league but had to settle for a second place finish behind Manchester United. On the 25th of April when we faced Hull away the title chance was still very much a possibility. Though diminshed because we drew against Arsenal in the previous match and lost ground to the league leaders. So Liverpool was a bit downhearted and dispirited coming to relegation battlers Hull.
It showed in Liverpool´s performance. It was a shoddy display but somehow the Reds managed to down a fighting home side. Luckily Hull was not so prominent in attack and Liverpool produced quality on a few occasions and that was enough to grab the three points.
The first half was about to end goalless when Xabi Alonso in the dying seconds smashed home on the volley from his own freekick rebound. Hull got a man sent-off and Liverpool took control and played a little bit better. In the 63rd minute Dirk Kuyt popped up to steer the ball into the net with his head. Game over? Not quite. Hull kept plugging away and when the Kop defence took a nap Geovanni made it 1-2 in the 73rd minute. The match hanged in the balance until the last minute when Dirk Kuyt scored his second and the points were finally in the bag.
To win when not playing well is often the trademark of a league winner. But not his time. Despite just losing two out of 38 league fixtures and amassing 86 points Liverpool came up short and finished four points behind Man Utd.
I wouldn´t be surprised if Liverpool in the current state produce another bad showing tomorrow. But as always the win is the important thing when:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.