Things Learnt From Liverpool’s Defeat To Hull City

By on July 23, 2011

It was a pretty disappointing performance for Liverpool FC as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Hull City at the KC Stadium.

1. The Flops

Going 2-0 down in the first half is the result of the Liverpool flops failing to impress. Christian Poulsen was unproductive and looked way past his prime, Joe Cole lost the ball on many occasions and he should really be shipped out, his ball control is all over the place. And Alberto Aquilani well, a mediocre game for the Italian, but I still think that his other pre-season performances were solid, much better than today.

2. Doni won’t start season as Number 1

If you read this blog often, you’ll understand that I wasn’t exactly an advocate for buying Doni as I think that Pepe Reina can handle the games and Brad Jones can come in for the cups. I think he lacked command in his area, which resulted to some miscommunications. That being said, neither of the two goals that Hull scored weren’t his fault. Both were really good shots from the edge of the box.

3. Downing and Adam were impressive

Stewart Downing in particular was pretty good this game for Liverpool, and was one of the bright sparks (if many others). He’s just what Liverpool need and he’s the first “out and out” winger Liverpool have brought in since the days of Steve Mcmanaman. I think he’s a quality buy from this run out.

Adam too was impressive and his passing was accurate. Lots of diagonal balls and plays with a Xabi Alonso-esque style and position. I can already see a good partnership in a 4-2-3-1 formation where he sits back with Lucas.

4. Henderson’s gonna need to do some explaining

Let’s be realistic, 16-20 million pounds is a lot of money, even in football now-a-days. Jordan Henderson struggled to make an impact out there. I think KK was going for a ‘Steven Gerrard position’ with Henderson and he was rarely in the game until he dropped back towards the end of the game.

5. Dalglish is going to need to do a lot of work

Well, the fitness isn’t great, the result very bad, King Kenny is going to have a hard time picking his midfield, choosing who’s a flop and who’s not and basically lifting the team following this hard (and harsh) defeat.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. steve mcauley

    July 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    liverpool need to spend! spend! spend! on REAL ARMBANDS!!!! how tacky is the old sticky tape? if you’re gonna acknowledge tragedy – do it right!
    back to the game……..the first half just confirmed the dead-wood in my opinion, cole & poulsen really need to go! and the aqua man only looks good when he’s given 10mins & 10yards on the ball, get shot of him too! i would look good against malasian midgets!
    downing looked the part, as did adam, looking forward to seeing them in proper action!
    would still like to sneaky in with an 11th hour bid for nzogbia for the other side, think big andy would thrive with 2 wingers!

    • jeven

      July 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      its malaysian…

      • steve mcauley

        July 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        so shoot me for forgetting me ‘y’ twat!

        • Chuck

          July 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm

          Relax Steve Mcaule. Don’t be angr.

          • steve mcauley

            July 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm

            nice one!

  2. Realist

    July 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    We already knew points 1, 2 & 4.

    Re: 5 – RELAX. It’s a pre season friendly. And you learn more from a defeat than a victory.

  3. Ben

    July 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I agree with ‘Realist! I would like to add that the problem with relying on Reina is if he gets injured for a period of time and that’s why Doni was brought in! They obviously had no confidence in the back-up keepers there (a good call in my eyes) and needed some experience on the bench! The bloke has only just got here, been living out of a suitcase in a hotel room no doubt, knows no one probably (Lucas is still on his hols), may not speak great if any English and has to adapt. Its hard to get a decent keeper who is willing to sit on the bench for all eternity!
    Oh and the following quote from you is a double negative, but I presume you mean both of the goals were not his fault or neither goals were his fault? (sorry to be pedantic).

    quote: “That being said, neither of the two goals that Hull scored weren’t his fault”.

    I guess what you also take into consideration is that for LFC this was an undesirable game in an undesirable city (sorry, but Hull is a dump) and merely a training exercise, but for Hull ts almost cup final time. their chance to shine and it shows in those sorts of games. That’s not to say we still shouldn’t have beaten them, we should, but as you say it just goes to show who is deadwood and where we still need strengthening! The latter IMO is left back, centre back, right wing, and a decent back up striker!
    One thing about Adam that worries me, something that was pointed out by a very good piece by a Blackpool fan somewhere for us is that his close control under pressure can let him down and he loses the ball, something I saw a couple of times today. Hopefully the step up n class during training will address this though?!

  4. jonesey

    July 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Never mind spend spend spend and SELL SELL SELL

  5. TomD

    July 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    What a load of bollo*ks. Aquilani was in a different league to the snail like Adam. Downing showed that he lacks pace and guile. Henderson ran around and.. well nothing else. Poor buys I’m afraid and shed load of money wasted.

  6. Kev

    July 24, 2011 at 1:51 am

    That they’re still sh!te. Ha ha haaaa

  7. magnumopus

    July 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Give Henderson a break. This was his first game with Liverpool and those he had to play with. He is young and looks like he has plenty of quality to work with! Give him some time before ripping him apart…

  8. Jax

    July 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    If N’gog had put his chances away we’d all be talking about how good aqauman was. I agree with TomD, aquilani was a class apart. Downing and henderson did OK second half.

  9. andyboy

    July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Intrestingly this undesireable game was instigated by Liverpool as part of the loan agreement of Peter Galusci , secondly Hull and Liverpool are both ports which developed at the same time with the same architecture, why is Hull such a dump, as someone who travels between the 2 cities I’d find it hard to choose which one was ‘the dump’,
    I guess your just not too bright. As for hull’s cup final, that only counts for teams that win the premiership, not past glory boys. Intresting game though.
    Andyboy, Hull

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