Liverpool will look to avenge their disappointing Week 13 loss at Hull City on New Year's Day when they host the Tigers at Anfield.
In one of 10 Premier League matches scheduled for the holiday in Week 20, the Reds, who have fallen to fifth in the league table, will try to snap their two-match losing streak and jump back into the top four. Meanwhile, Steve Bruce's surging Hull squad will attempt the season sweep of Liverpool as they look to continue their ascent in the table.
Surely, the Reds will need another world-class performance from Luis Suarez if they are to avoid the upset and return to their winning ways. The Uruguayan superstar was unable to break through in the first meeting at KC Stadium on Dec. 1, as the Tigers took advantage of a late David Meyler strike and a Martin Skrtel own goal to pick up three points over one of England's most dangerous clubs.
The Premier League's leading scorer ahead of Week 20, Suarez is in the midst of a drought, having gone two straight matches without a goal. That's certainly great news for 10th-place Hull.
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's rematch at Anfield.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014
Start Time: 10 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. GMT
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Watch: Premier League Extra Time
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Liverpool: 65.9 percent
Hull City: 13.3 percent
Draw: 20.8 percent
*Odds according to Bloomberg Sports.
Top Storyline: Steven Gerrard Could Potentially Return for Reds
Liverpool could really use veteran midfielder Steven Gerrard in Week 20's showdown with Hull, and it's possible he could return in time for Wednesday's matchup.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has hinted that Gerrard could be healthy enough to suit up on New Year's Day: "Steven has joined back in training, so we'll see how he is for Hull, and I would think that probably by the Stoke game on January 12, we'll have a number of the others who'll not be too far away."
Gerrard injured his hamstring in the Reds' Dec. 7 win over West Ham United and has missed the past four matches while recovering.
Getting the 33-year-old back would be a huge boost for Rodgers' squad. After all, Gerrard has accounted for three goals and a half-dozen assists through his first 15 Premier League appearances this season, boasting an average match rating of 7.7, per WhoScored.com.
While Liverpool have been one of the league's most explosive squads through the first half of the season, consecutive 2-1 losses to Chelsea and Manchester City point to the Reds' vulnerability when they aren't able to get the ball rolling offensively.
Granted, both losses were away, but a return to Anfield doesn't guarantee Liverpool will be any better defensively. Plus, the Tigers are coming off a win over Fulham in which they scored six second-half goals.
Although Suarez is sure to return to form at home on Wednesday, Hull have proven they are capable of matching the Reds in terms of quality in the final third. Therefore, expect a back-and-forth battle at Anfield on New Year's Day that finishes in a draw.
Liverpool 2, Hull City 2
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