It was another bleak day at Anfield as 2 more vital home points were dropped leaving Liverpool falling even further away from the leaders Chelsea.
It was another game of Liverpool dominance but no end result as the game ended with a nil-nil score line. The last time Reds fans saw the team play out a goalless draw was 48 Premier League games ago. The result leaves Liverpool trailing league leaders Chelsea by 9 points after their draw against Man United on Sunday.
Liverpool saw 66% of the ball versus Hull and failed to convert any of their 17 shots. Only 4 of those shots were on target giving The Reds only a realistic 4 goal opportunities that could have found the back of the net. One of those chance fell to Dejan Lovren who made a brilliant effort to head towards goal only for Hull to clear the ball off the line.
Balotelli managed to work Hull’s third choice keep early in the game almost grabbing his first Premiere League goal in a Liverpool shirt. Eldin Jakupovic was on the spot to make sure the ball was pushed wide to deny the Italian, who also had the best chance of the game close to injury time, but couldn’t quite get onto the end of the ball to turn it in.
Hull threatened on occasion, and managed 7 attempts with 3 on target, but Liverpool never felt at any point that there was a chance Hull would break what was in fact a great display from the Liverpool defence. However, if that was the one positive to take out of the game, there are plenty of negatives for Rodgers ponder on.
For Liverpool the harsh reality is that this is now 2 games played with no goals scored despite one of those being versus Real Madrid. More worryingly than this is that despite Balotelli’s start up front, it is another game the Italian has failed to deliver the goods. With Suarez out of the picture and Sturridge injured, Liverpool have lost 2 strikers that contributed to half the goals scored last season.
Liverpool scored 110 goals with Luis Suárez contributing 31 and Daniel Sturridge with 24 goals. Rodgers has already bemoaned the absence of the source of most of Liverpool’s success last season and the recent result versus Hull will have the Liverpool manager sweating even more as he contemplates another 3 weeks without Sturridge.