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Liverpool thrash 10-man Hull

Liverpool players celebrate James Milner's (second from left) converted penalty

Since the start of last season, James Milner has been involved in 20 goals in the Premier League (8 scored, 12 assisted), more than any other Liverpool player

Liverpool claimed a third straight Premier League win courtesy of an emphatic victory over 10-man Hull.

The Reds controlled the game and led through Adam Lallana’s low shot.

Ahmed Elmohamady saw red for handball in the box, with James Milner scoring from the spot before Sadio Mane added a third for the home side.

David Meyler lashed in for Hull but Philippe Coutinho’s long-range strike and a second Milner penalty underlined the home side’s dominance.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are now fourth in the table and the division’s second-top scorers behind Manchester City, with 16 goals in six matches – 11 of those coming in their past three.

In the time since Klopp took over on 8 October 2015, Liverpool have scored 71 goals, more than any other team over this period.

The result is a second heavy defeat in a week for Hull – following the 4-1 home loss to Arsenal – and another chastening experience for caretaker boss Mike Phelan, whose long-term future is yet to be resolved.

Liverpool ‘gegenpress’ home their advantage

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Liverpool (left) had 32 shots at goal – 12 on target (green), nine off target (red) and 11 blocked (yellow)

Whatever term you use to describe Klopp’s tactical approach, the benefits have been clear to see now his squad have had time to digest the message.

The Reds’ front five will rightly take most of the plaudits for their movement, skill and finishing, but that should not detract from the contribution of the other outfield players, whose work-rate provided the platform for victory.

Liverpool were more energetic and more aggressive throughout, harrying the Hull players and denying them any time to think, let alone pick a pass.

It was only a matter of time before they established an advantage, which came through Lallana’s low shot from inside the box following a driving run and pass from Coutinho.

Elmohamady’s handball on the line led to his dismissal and the first of Milner’s successful spot-kicks.

More goals were inevitable and came through Sane’s low finish, Coutinho’s brilliant long-range effort and Milner’s second penalty – awarded for Andrew Robertson’s foul on substitute Daniel Sturridge.

The home side should really have scored more – Georginio Wijnaldum was particularly wasteful with two close-range volleys – but it was nevertheless an afternoon of overwhelming positives for Liverpool.

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Philippe Coutinho has had a hand in five goals in his past three games for Liverpool in all competitions (two goals, three assists)

Phelan has his party spoiled

Phelan will hope this result, coming on his 54th birthday, will not be a factor in the decision over whether to make him Hull’s next permanent manager.

Few sides in the division would have coped with Liverpool in this form on home turf, let alone a newly promoted one reduced to 10 men with an hour remaining.

Having made the first changes to their starting XI this league season, with goalkeeper David Marshall making his debut and Ryan Mason coming into midfield, their approach was clearly one of containment and counter-attack.

However, this was made redundant by Elmohamady’s dismissal and quickly transformed into a strategy of damage-limitation.

That they kept it to five is a positive in itself, with the added bonus of Meyler’s consolation goal, which saw the midfielder smash the ball in following a corner to very briefly reduce the deficit to 3-1.

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Liverpool’s dominance is illustrated clearly by the respective heat maps of the two sides. The Reds are on the left

Man of the match – Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

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It was a close call with Philippe Coutinho but Adam Lallana’s dynamic display, which included a goal and two assists, earns him man of the match. Lallana has now scored four goals in his past eight league appearances – as many as in his previous 42 in the Premier League

What they said…

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Liverpool were world class – Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “I think we should not worry about whether we should have scored more. It was a brilliant, amazing first half in all aspects.

“It was a world-class performance in counter pressing. We didn’t give Hull the opportunity to create confidence. It was wonderful to watch. All in all, really good.

“I was a little angry we conceded. It would be nice to have a clean sheet one time in the season.

“Maybe we will work on this. It was a professional second half from the players. I am not interested in statements now just collecting points.”

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No shame in recent defeats – Phelan

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan, speaking about taking over permanently as manager: “Everything is open to debate. I am doing my job like I’ve always done.

“We have to look forward to what’s ahead but we’ve had two disappointing results. We have Chelsea to come and then we go into ‘our league’ and we’ll be judged on that.

“The offer has been there but it hasn’t been signed, sealed and delivered yet. We had a terrific chat and I’m waiting now. I want it to be sorted out. It’ll be done when it’s done.”

The stats you need to know

  • Philippe Coutinho has now scored eight goals from outside the box in the Premier League since the start of 2015; two more than any other player.
  • Hull City have had red cards in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January 2014, with their two most recent coming courtesy of handballs in the box.
  • Milner has scored in 43 Premier League games without losing (W35 D8); only Darius Vassell (46 games) has scored in more without defeat in Premier League history.
  • Sadio Mane has had a hand in six goals in six games for the Reds this season in all competitions (three goals, three assists).
  • Only one manager (Colin Todd – Bolton 0-5 Man Utd in December 2001) has lost a Premier League game by a bigger margin on their birthday than Mike Phelan did today.

What’s next?

Liverpool are at Swansea for a 12:30 BST kick-off in the Premier League on Saturday, 1 October, while Hull host Chelsea on the same day at 15:00.

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Match ends, Liverpool 5, Hull City 1.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 5, Hull City 1.

Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Foul by Marko Grujic (Liverpool).

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marko Grujic.

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool).

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Abel Hernández (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Liverpool. Marko Grujic replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Substitution, Liverpool. Emre Can replaces Jordan Henderson.

Substitution, Hull City. Markus Henriksen replaces Ryan Mason.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Hull City).

Goal! Liverpool 5, Hull City 1. James Milner (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Andrew Robertson (Hull City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Adam Lallana.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Mason (Hull City).

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Joel Matip.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37393500