By Sean Hayes

Liverpool welcome Hull City to Anfield on Saturday afternoon for only their second home fixture of the campaign, looking to build on their promising start to the season.

Unbeaten in their last five following Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Derby County in the EFL Cup, Reds fans will be confident of brushing aside their next opponents to continue that form.

They have been firing on all cylinders in attack, with impressive wins over the champions Leicester City and Chelsea in their last two Premier League outings.

The Tigers could prove to be an awkward task for Jurgen Klopp’s men though, as they struggle to break defensive teams down – just as they did at Turf Moor earlier in the season when Burnley stunned the Merseysiders 2-0.

Hull entered the season without a hope or a prayer of staying up with financial problems causing unrest in the camp, however under the guidance of caretaker boss Mike Phelan they have showed great spirit and determination.

With an opening day victory over Leicester backed up with a win over Swansea City they have lost just twice to Manchester United and Arsenal, before progressing in the EFL Cup with 2-1 triumph at the Bet 365 Stadium over Stoke City.

Klopp has no problem getting his players pumped up for the big occasions but now he has to show that they can get past teams who are set up to frustrate the Reds.

They will be buoyed by the fact that they are unbeaten at home in this fixture, as Hull have failed to win on their 10 previous visits.

In their last meeting back in 2015, City did come out on top though as Michael Dawson’s goal was the difference in a 1-0 win at the KC Stadium.

Daniel Sturridge is likely to miss out for the hosts after missing three days of training this week, while Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum have recovered from slight knocks.

The biggest decision will be whether Loris Karius retains his place or if he is replaced by Simon Mignolet, who is without a clean sheet in the league this season.

The visitors welcome back Jake Livermore after serving a suspension for a red card against the Gunners, with Ryan Mason set to retain his place and make his first league start.

Potential Liverpool Starting XI(4-3-3): Karius; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho

Potential Hull City Starting XI(4-2-3-1): Marshall; El Mohamady, Davies, Maguire, Robertson; Clucas, Huddlestone; Livermore, Mason, Snodgrass; Hernandez

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