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Jake Livermore and David Meyler scored their first goals this season to give Hull City their first-ever win over Liverpool in a 3-1 success.
Livermore's first Hull goal put the home side in front after 20 minutes at the KC Stadium, but a superb Steven Gerrard free-kick almost 15 years to the day since his Liverpool debut levelled matters. But Hull were rewarded for a stirring second-half performance when Meyler reacted quickest to pick up the loose ball and fire in with 19 minutes remaining before Martin Skrtel's own goal settled matters.
The result catapults Hull into the top half of the table and leaves Liverpool seven points adrift of Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. Hull manager Steve Bruce made two changes from last weekend's defeat by Crystal Palace and Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers made three alterations after the 3-3 Merseyside derby draw. Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring against Everton last Saturday but was one of those who dropped to the bench, while the injured Paul McShane was replaced by Alex Bruce for Hull.
Bruce's men had lost four of their previous five Barclays Premier League games and despite Liverpool's dominance of possession, it was the home side who created the first chance. A corner was cleared as far as Bruce after 14 minutes and his teasing cross was glanced just wide by Curtis Davies.
Hull went in front six minutes later when Livermore and Meyler combined for the former to unleash a shot that took a wicked deflection off Skrtel and flew past Simon Mignolet. It was the midfeilder’s first goal for the club since joining on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
The lead was short-lived as Liverpool captain Gerrard produced a sumptuous free-kick that he whipped into Allan McGregor's far corner from 25 yards.
Luis Suarez cut a frustrated figure for most of the half and he missed an opportunity in the final minute of the opening period when Raheem Sterling found the Uruguayan on the left, but his side-foot effort was tame and straight at McGregor.
Liverpool should have gone in front after 70 minutes when Coutinho's cross found Victor Moses, who met it on the volley but was denied at point-blank range by McGregor. McGregor's save proved crucial as Hull regained the lead a minute later after Liverpool had failed to clear and Meyler picked up the loose ball and fired in his first goal of the season.
Suarez whistled a late free-kick wide before Hull put the game out of reach with four minutes remaining when Huddlestone's effort was headed into his own net by the unfortunate Skrtel.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: “We were marvellous today. We've played extremely well, especially after the disappointment of last week. We've won five and find ourselves in the top half of the table.
"You need 10 wins to stay up, so to have five at this point is encouraging. We can't rest on the start we've made though. The results like today give some of these players, some of whom have not played in the Premier League confidence that they can go and beat teams like Liverpool."
"McGregor has been fantastic for us this season and I'm delighted with him.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was very disappointing. This was an opportunity for us to begin the week well. Hull came in on the back of losing at home and we arrived into the game with confidence and belief. But we made too many mistakes, with and without the ball, and overall it was very disappointing.
"We lacked quality. With the ball we just didn't create enough and we didn't keep the ball long enough in order to move them about. I always felt that we were in control of the game, but we needed to show a wee bit more quality and penetrate that wee bit more.
"There were two deflected goals - we were unfortunate with that. We gave the ball away in a bad area [for the first goal] and it was a deflected goal, which puts you on the back foot straightaway. We equalised with a great free-kick that got us back into it. But then we didn't defend well enough when the ball came into the box. We were too slow and not aggressive enough in our defending."
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