Match Report: Liverpool v Hull
By Eye Of The Tiger
September 27 2009
Hull succumbed to yet another heavy defeat this time losing 6-1 to Liverpool A spirited first half display had offered hope as Geovanni cancelled out Fernando Torres' early opener, however Torres went on to score a hat-trick before Gerrard scored in the 61st minute and Ryan Babel scored twice late on to complete the rout .
Boaz Myhill had to come off his line quickly in the opening stages as the home side looked to make a quick start. Gerrard slid the ball through for Torres, but Myhill beet the striker to claim possession. Liverpool went ahead in the 12th minute. A low cross from the left found Torres who finished low into the far corner of the net. Hull were level three minutes later when the ball fell to Geovanni vollyed home from 12 yards.
Lucas had a tame shot at Myhill before before Liverpool regained the lead on 28 minutes Yossi Benayoun found Torres , who rounded Myhill and slotted the ball home. It ended 2-1 to Liverpool at the break.
Torres completed his hat-trick two minutes into the second half, he beat the offside trap and placed
a shot through the legs of McShane and into the corner of the net. Geovanni had a effort from a free kick but it went well over the bar, as Hull looked for some way back into the game. Liverpool then went 4-1 up on the hour as Gerrard's cross from the Liverpool left luckily dropped into the City net. with 26 minutes to go Torres was taken off and received a standing ovation from both sets of fans.
With 2 minutes remaining Liverpool got a 5th goal Ryan Babel turned the ball home from a Kuyt cross and in added time it was 6 when Riera's shot took a delection off Babel and looped over Myhill. It ended 6-1 and Hull fans and players were relived to hear the final whistle after been taught a footballing lesson by Liverpool.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez on Fernando Torres:
"He is now showing his ability but I think he can do it better. He is keen to learn and he will improve but how much depends on him.
"We decided to spend £20m on him - that was a massive figure for us.
"We brought him here because of his quality but also his potential. We are pleased now but he can improve."
Hull boss Phil Brown:
"I was disgusted with some of the defending, individually and collectively. For me it was demoralising and I hope it was for the players as well.
"People will say Torres was the difference between the two sides but I thought we gifted them the goals.
"To come out in the second half and throw away a third goal and give up our position was disgusting.
"That killed us off and one or two towels went in after that, which is bitterly disappointing from my point of view."
Tigers: Boaz Myhill, Paul McShane, Ibrahima Sonko, Liam Cooper, Andy Dawson, Kamel Ghilas, Kevin Kilbane (Marney 64), George Boateng, Geovanni (Altidore 83), Stephen Hunt, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Cousin 64).
Subs: Tony Warner, Kamil Zayatte, Seyi Olofinjana, Dean Marney, Nick Barmby, Jozy Altidore, Daniel Cousin.
Liverpool: Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard (Mascherano 74), Fernando Torres (Ngog 68), Albert Riera, Yossi Benayoun (Voronin 77), Dirk Kuyt, Lucas, Emiliano Insua, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel.
Subs: Diego Cavalieri, Andriy Voronin, Fabio Aurelio, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Ryan Babel, Javier Mascherano, David Ngog.
Referee: Mr P. Walton.
Attendance: 44,392.pqs: qs: