Liverpool FC suffered just their third defeat on the season, their first to a team in the bottom half of the table, to Hull City Sunday in an energy-less 3-1 game at the KC Stadium.
Hull secured their first ever win over Liverpool with goals from Jake Livermore, David Meyler and an own goal courtesy of Martin Skrtel.
It was a game lacking in passion on the away side from the announcement of the team sheet. With Daniel Sturridge announced out for 6-8 weeks, Brendan Rodgers moved Raheem Sterling into the side and Victor Moses entered for the dinged up Philippe Coutinho.
From the opening kick Liverpool looked uninterested.
Luis Suarez struggled in a rare off day while the general tone from the visitors was of disinterest.
Hull struck first when Livermore’s shot from outside the box deflected off Skrtel and curled past Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool answered seven minutes later from a Steven Gerrard free kick, which beat the wall and the keeper into the top right corner.
At a 1-1 draw, neither side took much action as the game wore into the second half.
The introduction of Coutinho gave the Reds some much-needed creativity. However, the spark he provided failed to ignite a goal and instead the Tigers found pay dirt first when the ball ping-ponged around the penalty area in the 72nd minute before Meyler kicked it in from a wide angle.
Heads dropped for Liverpool and Skrtel’s headed own goal in the 87th minute sealed the result.