skip to content
Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
George Boyd on for Robbie Brady.
A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson.
Curtis Davies makes a clearance.
Yannick Sagbo goes off and Danny Graham comes on.
Headed own goal by Martin Skrtel. Hull 3-1 Liverpool.
Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Yannick Sagbo. Simon Mignolet blocks the ball.
Clearance made by Jon Flanagan.
Clearance made by Curtis Davies.
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Luis Suarez and misses to the left of the goal.
Luis Suarez fouled by Alex Bruce, the ref awards a free kick.
Robbie Brady produces a cross.
The ball is crossed by Yannick Sagbo.
Unfair challenge on Yannick Sagbo by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick.
Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yannick Sagbo by Martin Skrtel.
Steven Gerrard sends in a cross.
Luis Suarez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Alex Bruce.
Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Luis Alberto replaces Victor Moses.
Victor Moses concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Brady.
Free kick taken by Curtis Davies.
Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady by Jon Flanagan results in a free kick.
Alex Bruce manages to make a clearance.
Tom Huddlestone takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
Maynor Figueroa fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Yannick Sagbo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Robbie Brady.
Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Liam Rosenior comes on in place of Robert Koren.
Raheem Sterling goes off and Phillippe Coutinho comes on.
The ball is delivered by Raheem Sterling.
Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Jake Livermore, free kick awarded.
Clearance by Kolo Toure.
Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
Victor Moses gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa.
Foul by Martin Skrtel on Curtis Davies, free kick awarded.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
Ahmed Elmohamady challenges Raheem Sterling unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Jon Flanagan.
Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
Foul by Robbie Brady on Raheem Sterling, free kick awarded.
Maynor Figueroa fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick.
Victor Moses challenges Ahmed Elmohamady unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Luis Suarez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Allan McGregor catches the ball.
The second half begins.
The first half comes to an end.
Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.
Robbie Brady goes into the book.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on Raheem Sterling.
Robbie Brady has an effort at goal. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in.
Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Luis Suarez.
Clearance made by Alex Bruce.
Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Simon Mignolet blocks the ball.
Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
David Meyler makes a clearance.
Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Raheem Sterling.
Shot by Tom Huddlestone missed to the right of the net.
Tom Huddlestone crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Luis Suarez.
Steven Gerrard scores direct from the free kick. Hull 1-1 Liverpool.
Curtis Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson.
Jake Livermore scores with their right foot. Hull 1-0 Liverpool.
Jake Livermore scores a right footed goal. Hull 1-0 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from David Meyler.
Raheem Sterling is adjudged to have handled the ball.
Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Raheem Sterling fouled by Robbie Brady, the ref awards a free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Huddlestone.
The ball is delivered by Curtis Davies.
Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
The official flags Yannick Sagbo offside.
Unfair challenge on Jon Flanagan by Robert Koren results in a free kick.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
Clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
Clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
Foul by Jon Flanagan on Yannick Sagbo, free kick awarded.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Tom Huddlestone is adjudged to have handled the ball.
The match gets underway.
Huddlestone prepares to face idol
Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone will go head-to-head with one of his Holy Trinity of childhood heroes when he takes on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on Sunday.
With the Tigers suffering back-to-back defeats and losing a previously unbeaten home record against Crystal Palace last weekend, the high-flying Reds head to the KC Stadium as firm favourites.
Free-scoring forward Luis Suarez is an obvious danger but Huddlestone's task will largely involve taking control of the midfield area and winning his personal battle with England captain Gerrard.
And the former Tottenham midfielder makes no secret of the esteem in which he holds his opposite number - who, alongside Eric Cantona and Marcel Desailly, captured a young Huddlestone's imagination.
"Gerrard has been a top-class player for the last 15 years," said Huddlestone.
"Growing up it was him, Cantona and Desailly as my three idols.
"He's got everything. He's quick, he can head the ball, tackle, one of the best passers around, he scores goals.
"There's been times when he's single-handedly won games for Liverpool in the league and in Europe.
"I'm under no illusions about how big a test it will be.
"You've got to treat it as a normal opponent, as much as possible, but it probably keeps you more concentrated knowing that you've got to perform an extra five or ten per cent better than you would against anybody else."
Despite his praise for Gerrard, Huddlestone has no plans to sit back and admire his work when they face off on Sunday.
Hull's positive start to the campaign has drifted slightly in recent weeks, not least when 10-man Palace completed their late smash-and-grab job, and giving Liverpool a bloody nose would go a long way to setting them back on track.
"Hopefully, collectively, we can all do our job better than we have done recently," said Huddlestone.
"When teams are more open against us, attacking-wise that's when we're at our best.
"Hopefully Liverpool will attack us and it'll leave a few more gaps we can try to exploit.
"The last couple of games have been pretty bad, to be honest.
"But playing the big teams in your next game makes it easier for the manager as the players can get themselves up for it even more.
"We've played well against teams who have come and attacked us, whereas Palace sat back and we found that difficult.
"I think we've just got to stick to the game plan and hopefully put one of our chances away."
Hull must alter their defence once again after Paul McShane tore a hamstring against Palace. Alex Bruce is likely to replace McShane.
Midfielder Stephen Quinn (hamstring) and forward Sone Aluko (Achilles) are out but defender James Chester should be fit enough for the bench after two months on the sidelines.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he is finding it difficult to give some of his fringe players pitch time because his first-choice side are playing so well.
On-loan Chelsea forward Victor Moses this week spoke about wanting more of a run in the team but he is not alone in that respect.
Last season's young star Raheem Sterling has been relegated to a bit-part player, summer signing Luis Alberto has made only sporadic substitute performances while even the experienced Kolo Toure and #16million centre-back Mamadou Sakho have found themselves in and out of the side.
"The boy (Moses) has been really happy here. Of course he wants to play but the team has been doing very well and the change in structure meant him coming out of the team.
"Victor is a talent and is happy to be in the squad, he wants to improve and I communicate regularly with him.
"He has never said a bad word about Liverpool since he's been here.
"Him and the other players have every opportunity to play because I assess them in training and pick my team from that."
Keeping everyone happy is not easy but Rodgers knows there is a balancing act to be done and heading into the busy December period he is more than likely going to need some of those squad players to fill gaps and give others a rest.
"I always say that it's the hardest part of my job," he added. "I recognise with the players and acknowledge to them that with just one game a week it's difficult.
"Luis Alberto is getting better every day - he's adapting and adjusting to the physicality of this great league and the game in this country. He's getting better all the time.
"There's young Raheem Sterling, who has been excellent in training and in his working but because of the form of the team it's been hard to get some of these guys on the field.
"So it's my job to help them and show that there's a pathway for them here at the club.
"For me it was very important to establish a culture of work on a daily basis and that's what we have got from the players.
"They come in to work hard and I'll always reward players who do that.
"There's no rocket science behind it - you've got to come in and work hard and earn your money.
"And that's what the players are doing. Every single day they give everything and that puts them in with a chance of playing. It's the players who pick the team really."
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set to miss out after sustaining a sprained ankle. The 24-year-old, who has scored nine goals already this season, limped out of training with the problem.
Meanwhile, Rodgers has to decide whether to stick with Jon Flanagan at left-back.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk