In a bid to prevent another relapse against a so-called lesser light, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ramped up the rhetoric ahead of Hull’s visit, although the history of this fixture implies the German’s hard talk might be slightly OTT.
Klopp said that Liverpool need to remain ‘kind of angry’ and respect the Tigers in the same way a Barcelona or Real Madrid might be, in order to maintain the intensity that had propelled them to significant wins over Leicester and Chelsea in their past two Premier League games.
Given Hull’s miserable record against their next hosts on Merseyside, even a mildly irritated Reds outfit should prevail comfortably enough, especially in current form.
Hull haven’t beaten Liverpool in 10 attempts at Anfield and, although the visitors’ could point to a 0-0 in the Brendan Rodgers’ decline campaign of 2014/15, on another six occasions the Humbersiders have seen three or more goals end up in their onion bag.
Klopp’s men have averaged three goals per game in their prior three fixtures in all competitions heading into Saturday’s contest, so it’s not surprising to see odds of 10/11 about the rampant hosts clocking up at least as many again when faced with Mike Phelan’s mob.
That wager is not screaming value but the 12/5 surrounding over 3.5 Liverpool strikes has a far more tempting vibe.
The 4-1 flattening of champions Leicester last time out at Anfield and the 4-1 loss to Arsenal in Hull’s latest league outing add plenty of credence to the bet.
Having remained benched for the EFL Cup trip to Derby in midweek, recharged newbie Sadio Mane looks as good as any Red to find the net.
The former Southampton talisman leads Liverpool’s Premier League scoring charts with three to date.
We go 4/1 that the lightning-quick Senegalese breaks the deadlock and 20/1 on a hat-trick.
If Liverpool concede their obligatory goal then 9/2 about Robert Snodgrass – the Hull midfielder with seven in as many games for club and country this season – is an obvious port of call.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing