Video: Hull City 2 – 0 Liverpool [Premier League] Highlights
Jurgen Klopp’s 2017 went from bad to worse as Liverpool’s 2-0 loss at Hull City was secured by a goal from Everton loanee Oumar Niasse.
The Reds have endured a miserable recent run and their FA Cup victory over fourth-tier Plymouth Argyle remains their only win this year.
Even the return of the influential Sadio Mane to the starting line-up failed to inspire a revival, with Simon Mignolet again at fault for debutant Alfred N’Diaye’s opener on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors, who did not register a shot on target in the first half, carried a greater threat after the interval, but saw Philippe Coutinho squander the best of their chances.
Having recorded a 5-1 win over Hull in September, the contrast in the fortunes of Klopp’s side then and now was underlined by Niasse’s 84th-minute goal – his first in the Premier League.
For the Tigers, revitalised under Marco Silva, a fourth consecutive home win in all competitions has breathed new life into their flourishing survival bid.
Silva made five changes from the battling 0-0 draw against Manchester United, with Kamil Grosicki and Villarreal loanee N’Diaye coming in for maiden outings.
The Portuguese had one alteration forced upon him as Michael Dawson limped out of the warm-up, with Andrea Ranocchia handed a full Premier League debut.
Mane – so often Liverpool’s key creative force – was recalled, having been a substitute for the draw with Chelsea following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations