Hull City: Sone Aluko, James Chester & Stephen Quinn - Out; Paul McShane - Doubtful
Liverpool: Sebastian Coates, Jose Enrique & Daniel Sturridge - Out; Philippe Coutinho - Doubtful
Hull City: None
Hull City: LLWLL
After hearing of Daniel Sturridge's latest injury, a few Liverpool fans would have been forgiven for being a little apprehensive over the prospect of dropping points at the KC stadium today. Without him Liverpool bear much resemblance to the team that dominated several matches at the beginning of last season, but could not find the target.
With Sturridge out, the entire responsibility of the Liverpool attack is on the shoulders of Luis Suarez, but is he up to the task?
What Suarez does have under his sleeve is the number of avenues he can grab a goal from. He is an excellent free-kick taker and can manufacture more chances for himself and his team mates - something you can spot by his key passes (2.9 per game), dribbling (3.1 per game) and the amount of average passes he has in comparison with Sturridge.
The problem is due to Suarez's skill-set, he relies more on his team mates being on his wavelength than Sturridge does. Earlier on in the season, Sturridge bailed Liverpool out on several occasions; they did not play well, but due to him being more of an outright striker than Suarez, he was able to get the goals Liverpool needed.
As Suarez is more of a false nine, he will need others to of service, but who does he have? With Coutinho doubtful, Victor Moses, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are next in line to play on the wings.
So far in his loan spell with Liverpool, Moses (screenshot one) has shown himself to be very wasteful. His only noteworthy contribution came against Swansea when he scored on the break. Hull will not have much of the ball therefore the onus is on Liverpool to breakdown Hull via slick passing ball, or through set-pieces.
Sterling (screenshot two) is equally as wasteful as Moses and has been in terrible form, hence his spell in the reserves. Meanwhile, although Henderson (screenshot three) is capable of creating a few chances, he is better travelling from deep than being in the thick of the action.
Hull City 1-1 Liverpool