Liverpool vs. Hull City: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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Liverpool vs. Hull City: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
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Liverpool got back on track after two tough losses on the road with a 2-0 victory over Hull City at Anfield in the Premier League.

Daniel Agger put the hosts in front with a header, while Luis Suarez returned to goalscoring form with a scintillating free-kick early in the second half.

The goal was his 20th in the Premier League already, and made him the first Liverpool player to pass the benchmark of 20 Premier League goals in back-to-back seasons since the days of Robbie Fowler.

It was smooth sailing for the Reds, who have impressed at home all season long.

Yannick Sagbo of Hull had the first decent chance for either side, his volleyed effort from 25 yards going over the top.

Raheem Sterling then went close after a flicked header from Suarez played him in.

In the end, though, it was a set piece after 36 minutes which broke the deadlock, with Philippe Coutinho the provider and Denmark defender Agger powering it home.

The lead might have doubled before the break had Jordan Henderson rounded off a flowing move. His skewed shot was a disappointing end to Coutinho and Iago Aspas' approach play. Coutinho returned the favour by dragging wide on the stroke of half-time.

But when Suarez is in such rich form, Liverpool seem to have the luxury of missing a chance or two, and his free-kick, whipped over the wall and stranding Allan McGregor in the Hull goal, was a thing of beauty.

The game was all but over at that point, and only Coutinho's continued profligacy in front of goal prevented Liverpool from adding more to their total.

And there was good news for the Kop, as skipper Steven Gerrard made a substitute appearance as he comes back from injury.

Liverpool Player Ratings vs. Hull City
Player Mark
Simon Mignolet 7
Glen Johnson 6
Aly Cissokho 6
Martin Skrtel 7
Daniel Agger 7
Lucas Leiva 6
Jordan Henderson 7
Philippe Coutinho 8
Iago Aspas 7
Raheem Sterling 8
Luis Suarez 8
Substitutes
Toure 6
Moses 6
Gerrard 6

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Up next

The Reds take on Oldham in the FA Cup before travelling to Stoke for their next Premier League match on January 12.

Hull City are away at Middlesbrough in their weekend cup game, and then host in-form Chelsea in their next Premier League clash.

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