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Hull shock Liverpool to boost survival hopes

Hull City take the lead against Liverpool

Alfred N'Diaye scored on his Hull City debut as Liverpool's terrible start to 2017 continued with a fourth defeat in five league and cup games.

Senegal forward N'Diaye, signed on loan from Villarreal, tapped home unmarked after Simon Mignolet dropped the ball at his feet.

Despite striker Sadio Mane's first start since 2 January, Liverpool failed to force a single save in the first half and were poor throughout.

Hull, who have won all four home games under new manager Marco Silva, sealed victory when Oumar Niasse, on loan from Everton, kept his composure after the Reds defence had been carved open.

Relive the action from the KCOM Stadium

Reaction from the KCOM and the rest of Saturday's Premier League games

Silva lining for Hull

Hull were bottom of the table and three points from safety when former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos boss Silva took charge on 5 January.

Fast forward four weeks and the Tigers have a win over Liverpool and a draw at Manchester United, as well as an EFL Cup semi-final home win over United under their belt.

Hull are an organised and well-drilled unit at the back while the arrival of N'Diaye, as well as Poland winger Kamil Grosicki, has provided them with an added threat.

They overcame the loss of captain Michael Dawson, who was injured in the warm-up, to produce their most complete performance so far under Silva.

Hull are 18th in the table - one point from safety - and now have seven points from a possible 12 under Silva's reign.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Hull

  • 16Jakupovic
  • 14Elabdellaoui
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 5MaguireBooked at 27mins
  • 3Robertson
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 10N'Diaye
  • 17Grosicki