- Liverpool vs Hull

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Saturday 25 October 2014 | Anfield | Referee: Neil Swarbrick | Attendance 44,591

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Liverpool passed up the opportunity to end a difficult few days with a win as they were held to a 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw by Hull City on Saturday.

Mario Balotelli twice went close in the second half, hitting an effort straight at Eldin Jaukopovic from five yards with the last kick of the match, as the home side missed out on the chance to record a third consecutive Barclays Premier League victory.

Steve Bruce's side are now unbeaten in three matches away from home after a solid defensive showing stifled the hosts, adding to last weekend's point picked up at Arsenal.

Hull rarely looked like grabbing a first win at Anfield, but they did display the defensive tenacity that kept them afloat in the Barclays Premier League last term.

Robbie Brady, replacing the injured Andrew Robertson at left wing-back, struggled to get to grips with Raheem Sterling early on.

Dejan Lovren's header was then kept out by Ahmed Elmohamady on the line after nine minutes before Balotelli was denied by Jakupovic from a narrow angle, though Hull's third-choice goalkeeper, making a rare outing due to injuries to Allan McGregor and Steve Harper, was rarely tested until late on.

He was made to work by team-mate Alex Bruce however, when his sloppy backpass almost allowed Balotelli in on goal.

Having sat deep for much of the half, Bruce's charges found their feet just before the interval with Jake Livermore bringing a save out of Simon Mignolet after good work from Hatem Ben Arfa on the right. A fierce Tom Huddlestone volley was then deflected just wide off Martin Skrtel.

Brendan Rodgers' side dominated after the break and Balotelli looked set to register his first Barclays Premier League goal for the club just after the hour but an acrobatic clearance from Brady kept the scores level and Sterling's firm effort on the rebound was gathered comfortably by Jakupovic.

The frustration continued for the Reds and Balotelli as he spurned the final chance of the encounter. Substitute Coutinho crossed after good work down the left and Balotelli could only hit his effort at the goalkeeper, as Hull clung on for a point.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Performance-wise we were excellent, particularly in the second half where we were outstanding. After a tough game in midweek it was a great effort from the players and we deserved to win the game. I thought it was just a matter of time until we scored, we created some opportunities and had 19 shots at goal. I can't ask for any more from the players, they've given everything."

Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "We have been away at the Emirates and come here and put on another terrific show. In the first half we had probably the best opportunity when Hatem Ben Arfa played the ball into Jake Livermore, Liverpool got frustrated in the second-half and we came away with a thoroughly deserved point.

"We had four or five players missing today from the team that played Arsenal and everyone that came in put in a terrific performance."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
22. Simon Mignolet 6.27 5.86
18. Alberto Moreno 6.64 5.76
19. Javier Manquillo 5.92 5.75
37. Martin Skrtel 6.36 5.37
6. Dejan Lovren 6.38 5.49
8. Steven Gerrard 6.93 6.22
23. Emre Can 6.0 5.22
24. Joe Allen 6.0 5.02
45. Mario Balotelli 4.67 5.05
31. Raheem Sterling 7.14 7.28
20. Adam Lallana 6.5 5.56
Substitutes All Fans BFR
14. Jordan Henderson 5.83 6.28
10. Philippe Coutinho 7.57 5.83
50. Lazar Markovic 6.0 5.11
2. Glen Johnson 6.0 4.63
1. Bradley Jones 6.0 3.72
9. Rickie Lambert 6.75 5.19
4. Kolo Touré 6.0 4.42
Line-up All Fans BFR
16. Eldin Jakupovic 8.71 5.53
4. Alex Bruce 8.14 6.04
6. Curtis Davies 8.0 5.18
5. James Chester 7.33 5.14
11. Robbie Brady 7.5 5.0
27. Ahmed Elmohamady 7.17 5.02
14. Jake Livermore 7.0 5.3
8. Tom Huddlestone 6.83 5.41
17. Mohamed Diamé 7.0 5.45
9. Abel Hernández 7.0 5.74
34. Hatem Ben Arfa 6.0 4.83
Substitutes All Fans BFR
24. Sone Aluko 6.75 3.36
35. Rory Watson 6.0 3.0
15. Paul McShane 6.0 4.17
29. Stephen Quinn 6.0 4.39
2. Liam Rosenior 6.0 3.24
7. David Meyler 7.0 3.29
25. Gastón Ramírez 7.25 4.71

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