Liverpool vs. Hull City: Preview and TV schedule

Jamie McDonald

Liverpool welcome Hull City to Anfield hoping to bounce back from two straight disappointing losses over the holidays.

Liverpool are without a doubt a good team but whether or not this season's edition of the Reds is a great team remains to be seen. After being at or near the top of the Premier League leading into the holiday season, two straight losses to Manchester City and Chelsea have knocked them down just a bit. Now they must get back on track against a tough Hull City team.

Just in case Liverpool needed a some more motivation, they need only look back on the schedule to December 1st when they were run out of the KC Stadium by the Tigers, losing 3-1.

It's possible Brendan Rogers could get captain Steven Gerrard back after the midfielder returned to training. it's unlikely he'll start -- unless he's recovering very well -- but he could see time off the bench. While that's positive news, injuries to Mamadou Sakho and Joe Allen will force some adjustments in the defense and the midfield.

Hull should be full of confidence as they come off a 6-0 thumping of Fulham over the weekend. They'll also no doubt remember their previously mentioned win over the Reds, though this will likely be a much different match. A win would help further entrench the Tigers in the top half of the table.


Liverpool injuries and suspensions

Out: Joe Allen (abductor strain), Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), Jose Enrique (knee), Jon Flanagan (hamstring), Daniel Sturridge (ankle). In Doubt: Steven Gerrard (hamstring).

Hull City injuries and suspensions

In Doubt: Robbie Brady (groin)

Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard could make his comeback from a hamstring injury after he returned to training this week. Midfielder Joe Allen and defender Mamadou Sahko are not expected to be available. Hull's only injury issue is winger Robbie Brady who continues to struggle with a groin injury.

Projected lineups

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger, Lucas Leiva, Brad Smith, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suárez.

Hull City: Allen McGregor, Liam Rosenior, James Chester, Curtis Davies, Maynor Figueroa, Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone, Ahmed El-Mohamadi, Robert Koren, George Boyd, Yannick Sagbo.

Match Date/Time: 3 p.m. local, 10:00 a.m. ET

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England

TV: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), Sportsnet (Canada)

Online: NBC Live Extra (U.S.)

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