Hull City claim first ever victory over Liverpool

Last updated 07:38 02/12/2013
Tom Huddlestone

WINNER: Tom Huddlestone celebrates with Hull team mates after scoring in their fixture against Liverpool.

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Hull have beaten Liverpool 3-1 in the Premier League for its first ever victory against the Merseyside club. 

Hull went ahead after Jake Livermore's shot from outside the area took a deflection off Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and looped over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the 20th minute at the KC Stadium. 

Steven Gerrard equalised seven minutes later with a well-placed free kick through a sudden hole in the wall created by Skrtel.

David Meyler put Hull ahead again in the 72nd with a left-footed shot and Skrtel finished a miserable afternoon for Liverpool with a spectacular own-goal header in the 87th.

Liverpool, which trails league leaders Arsenal by seven points, missed England forward Daniel Sturridge who is likely to be out for at least six weeks with an ankle injury.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had recalled Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling, the latter making his first start since October 5, but they proved inadequate replacements for Sturridge.

For Hull, it was a memorable afternoon and a season's best performance - just the boost required after last week's defeat to lowly Crystal Palace.

The match quickly settled into a pattern of Liverpool going forward and Hull clearing its lines.

The Reds forced three corners in the first six minutes, but the hosts stood up well to Gerrard's delivery.

There were hints that Hull was not going to be completely passive, though, with Yannick Sagbo and Livermore creating a promising counter-attack in the 14th minute only for Robert Koren to linger too long over a final ball.

Nevertheless, it was still a major surprise when Hull went ahead six minutes later.

Moses was culpable, giving the ball away to Ahmed Elmohamady when trying to attack from the back and bringing Livermore into the game.

He exchanged a quick one-two with Meyler, advanced on goal and saw his 20-yard strike loop past Mignolet via a heavy deflection off Skrtel for Livermore's first goal of the season.

With 26 minutes gone Curtis Davies felled the advancing Jordan Henderson and offered Liverpool the most inviting of free kicks.

Luis Suarez appeared interested but Gerrard pulled rank and bent the ball brilliantly past Allan McGregor after Skrtel pulled away from the wall to create a gap.

The leveler settled Liverpool and both Gerrard and Suarez began to play with greater freedom as they probed Hull for further openings.

Yet they did not have a shot of note between them until the stroke of half time when Suarez hit an unusually tame effort from Sterling's clever through ball.

Liverpool started the second period shakily with Moses and Sterling offering little cutting edge in support of Suarez.

Meyler grabbed the second, driving into the bottom corner after his initial strike was blocked by Kolo Toure.

With Liverpool throwing numbers forward, a third goal seemed inevitable and came when Tom Huddlestone's shot looked to be heading well wide until Skrtel's deflection.


Owner Assem Allam has called Hull City fans ''hooligans'' and said ''they can die as soon as they want'' following protests over his proposal to change the English Premier League club's name.

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The Egyptian-born businessman wants to rebrand the 109-year-old club Hull Tigers, a move that is deeply unpopular with supporters who have formed a protest group called City Till We Die.

''They can die as soon as they want, as long as they leave the club for the majority who just want to watch good football,'' Allam told the Independent on Sunday newspaper.

''How can you be supporting a club when you distract attention during a game?

''I'm a simple man. Do they want me to stay? If it's 'No thank you', fine, in 24 hours the club is for sale ... I do not put in one more pound.''

The 74-year-old Allam arrived in Hull as a student in 1968, rescued the club from the brink of bankruptcy in 2010 and has invested around 35 million pounds (NZ$70m).

He changed the name of the club's holding company from Hull City Association Football Club to Hull City Tigers in August.

He believes a Tigers brand would have more of a ''global marketing impact'' having previously said he considered the word City to be ''lousy'' and ''common''.

''How can they call themselves fans, these hooligans, this militant minority, when they disturb and distract the players while taking away the rights of others to watch the football, and of companies who have paid good money for their advertising?'' Allam asked.

''If they want to express their feelings they are free to do so, either outside the stadium or pay to take space.

''Seriously, they are welcome to talk to the stadium management about buying a space for a permanent banner, 10 times as big if they want. I am a supporter of democracy. I would have no issue with that,'' added Hull's owner.

- AP with Reuters

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