Hull’s season so far…
Hull started their season exceptionally well, beating last seasons Premier League Champions and Welsh side: Swansea City away from home. Hull then went on to beat Exeter City in the second round of the EFL, winning their third game in just ten days. This brilliant form continued into game week three (Manchester United) however the Manchester side were extremely lucky, as emerging talent (Marcus Rashford) bagged his team three points with a 92nd minute winner to make it 1-0. Fortunately for Hull, it seems that good karma exists and in their fourth game week they managed to salvage a point against Burnley thanks to a late Snodgrass goal, avoiding what would have been a disappointing defeat, against the fellow newly promoted side. However then the inevitable happened and Hull got thrashed (4-1) by a full strength Arsenal side, the debatable Jake Livermore sending off didn’t do them any favours in this game either. Two days ago Hull managed to knock out a (on paper) superior side: Stoke city. After a competitive game, goals from new signing (from Tottenham) Mason and a 91st minute winner from Henriksen were enough for Hull to stay in the competition and knock out last years semi-finalists.
Liverpool’s season so far…
Neutrals may argue that Liverpool haven’t started off as well as the LFC fan base suggests due to a disappointing loss to Burnley,an avoidable draw to Tottenham and already five points dropped. However, beating the Champions, Arsenal and Chelsea away cannot be overlooked and this should be perceived as arguably the best start that any Premier League side has had. Liverpool can feel full of confidence scoring nineteen goals already this season, having some high scorline games like the 4-3 win against Arsenal and 4-1 win against Leicester. ‘The Reds’ have also comfortably knocked out Burton and Derby in the EFL away from home, but now face a huge challenge of Tottenham at Anfield in the latter stage of October.
Liverpool FC: (Goalkeeper: Karius, Defenders: Milner, Lovren, Matip, Clyne, Midfielders: Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Forwards: Mane, Firmino, Coutinho)
Hull City: (Goalkeeper: Jakupovic, Defenders: Robertson, Livermore, Davies, Elmohamady, Midfielders: Huddlestone, Clucas, Mason, Forwards: Diomande, Hernandez and Snodgrass)
Match prediction: 2-0
Small but big challenge for Liverpool?
An ongoing issue for many years now is beating the bottom half teams (for Liverpool). As we’ve already seen this season, Liverpool managed to beat Arsenal and Chelsea away, yet somehow lose to a team that was in the Championship last season (Burnely), ludicrous… All LFC fans will be hopeful that the Burnely game was an exception and it will be used by Klopp and the players as a stepping stone, a game which can be analysed and learnt from. However if losing to an inferior team was to happen again this Saturday, overall morale would decrease massively. Therefore, lets presume that the same mistake isn’t made twice and that this time Liverpool are more patient against a team which adopts a ‘park the bus’ style as supposed to losing their heads defensively and taking long range shots (*cough* Coutinho *cough*). With the likely inclusion of Karius and Matip to the backline, there should be more composure at the back, hopefully ensuring Liverpool win all three points available and continue the current unbeaten streak of five games.
Klopp’s call for an atmosphere
“We have to go to Anfield on Saturday and set the tone for the afternoon.”
“Is it possible to create the most special atmosphere at 3 o’clock at Anfield? I would say yes, so let’s try it.”
Here Klopp is referring to the atmosphere, being the ‘tone’. His main point in yesterdays press conference was all about the atmosphere and how important it is to the players, and to him personally as well. Klopp made the example that in the big fixtures the fans have a much different mentality to the one at the smaller fixtures, implying that it is no coincidence that Liverpool come out on top in the tough games and that it’s all down to this ‘tone’. He said that against the smaller teams, fans in the stadium witness a missed chance and think “Oh my God, same **** again” whereas in the games with huge anticipation the thought process is “Woah… Lets go, again and again.” It’s brilliant that at Liverpool we have a man in charge who passionately cares about the connection with the fans and cries out to them via the media, to encourage us (the fans) to fulfill his requests as he knows the effect it has on team performance will be nothing, but beneficial and this was certainly a huge factor in the BVB success.