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Anfield (ATT 44,627) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Premier League: Liverpool beat Hull City with goals by Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez

Last Updated: 01/01/14 7:00pm

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Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker a menace all afternoon for the Hull defence

Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker a menace all afternoon for the Hull defence

Liverpool reignited their Premier League campaign with a Luis Suarez masterclass inspiring a 2-0 win over Hull City.

Best of the match

  • Man of the match: Luis Suarez. Despite being kicked and fouled throughout the game, he netted his 20th goal in 15 league appearances.
  • Goal of the match: Suarez with yet another fantastic free kick from outside the area, curling it up and over the wall and into the top left-hand corner.
  • Attempt of the match: Philippe Coutinho's weaving run into the box past several players, before having his close-range effort saved by Allan McGregor.
  • Save of the match: McGregor did extremely well to parry Coutinho's screaming effort, his first on target, away from goal.
  • Talking point: The offside call in the early stages after Suarez had headed home from a Coutinho free kick.

After a sleepy start, Daniel Agger settled the early jitters permeating Anfield with a smart header from Philippe Coutinho's corner to open the scoring on 36 minutes.

But it was Suarez, not for the first time this season, who orchestrated everything to help steer his team past tricky opponents and provide some festive relief after two defeats at title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Uruguay international had already got the ball in the net, nodding in Coutinho's free-kick, only to be denied by an offside flag and his creativity continued to spark, setting up Raheem Sterling with a cute nodded through-ball.

And while Jordan Henderson and Coutinho wasted chances to double the lead with dragged shots from close range, Suarez was becoming increasingly agitated with the treatment by David Meyler and Alex Bruce, who were marshalling the striker like two heavy-handed bouncers.

With just the single goal at the interval, there was still reason to be cautious for the hosts, especially playing a team who smashed in six second-half goals against Fulham at the weekend.

Any hope of a revival was extinguished in brutal yet beautiful fashion four minutes into the second period.

You may have excused Suarez for coming out after the interval in body armour, but he responded to Hull's enforcers by first winning a free-kick outside the box and then curling the dead ball over the wall into the top corner to make it 20 league goals this season.

Apart from tame shots by Robert Koren and Yannick Sagbo at the start of this contest, the visitors offered little threat and in the closing stages, they had their keeper Alan McGregor to thank for restricting the damage as he smothered a shot from the impressive Coutinho.

It was a thoroughly deserved victory for Brendan Rodgers and his team who climb back into the top four with Everton failing to beat Stoke and they will also be buoyed with a second-half appearance of fit-again Steven Gerrard.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 35 83
2 Manchester City 35 70
3 Arsenal 33 67
4 Manchester United 35 65
5 Liverpool 35 61
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 58
7 Southampton 35 57
8 Swansea City 35 53
9 West Ham United 35 47
10 Stoke City 35 47
11 Everton 35 44
12 Crystal Palace 35 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 35 40
14 Aston Villa 35 35
15 Newcastle United 35 35
16 Hull City 34 34
17 Leicester City 35 34
18 Sunderland 34 33
19 Queens Park Rangers 35 27
20 Burnley 35 26

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