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“Usually it’s not that easy,” says Klopp after ‘perfect’ win

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Jurgen Klopp was effusive with praise for his Reds after Liverpool clobbered Porto 5-0 in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday.

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“I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight, a result like this is only possible if they are all spot on,” Klopp said to BT Sport, via the BBC. “I think Robertson played an outstanding game, finally he found his crosses, I thought they were in Scotland or somewhere which was good to see. Of course Sadio is Man of the match but Roberto Firmino‘s work rate was outstanding again.”

To hit the road for a first leg and hand a team their worst home loss is excellent, and now Liverpool heads to Spain for a warm weather training camp ahead of the stretch run.

While anything is possible in the second leg, the five away goals gives the Reds as close to a certain berth in the quarterfinals as possible. That should also give Klopp ease in lineup selection when the Reds face Newcastle, Porto, and Manchester United between March 3-10.

Back to Wednesday’s win, it was incredible. Klopp was asked if it was perfect

“You could say that of course. It was very professional, very mature in the right moments, very aggressive, good defending, good counter-attacking, keeping the ball, moving them around. In this game it was possible, usually it’s not that easy.”

The second leg is March 6 at Anfield.

Report: Liverpool agree fee for Hull’s left-sided back, mid Robertson

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Liverpool is set to beef up its back line with Premier League experience.

Hull City’s Andrew Robertson is expected to join Liverpool following a medical on Thursday, a move which will cost the Reds between $10 million and $13 million depending on incentives.

Forty-eight of his 55 PL appearances have come at left back.

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Robertson, 23, played more minutes than any Hull player aside from midfielder Sam Clucas as the Tigers were relegated to the Premier League.

Robertson has 15 caps and a goal for Scotland. He’ll provide a better option on the left than Alberto Moreno and should quickly plug into Jurgen Klopp‘s XI.

Hull City 0-3 Manchester City: Tigers outclassed

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  • Sterling draws 2nd half penalty
  • Yaya Toure converts PK
  • Iheanacho scores
  • Hull concede late own goal

Yaya Toure converted a Raheem Sterling won penalty in the 72nd minute, sending Man City back into second place in the Premier League table after a 3-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Monday.

Kevin De Bruyne slid a ball to David Silva, who found substitute Kelechi Iheanacho for an insurance goal in the 78th minute. Sterling then prodded Curtis Davies into an own goal for the final score line.

City is now 7 points behind Chelsea and two points ahead of Liverpool, which plays Stoke City on Tuesday.

Hull City sits 20th, behind Swansea City on goal differential and four points shy of 17th place Crystal Palace.

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Man City lost starting center back John Stones after just 17 minutes, as the Englishman’s up-and-down debut season in Manchester fell victim to a leg injury. Aleksandar Kolarov replaced him.

Silva dribbled up the middle to curl a low shot. David Marshall saved it, but the amount of room given to the Spanish attacker was surprising.

Hull’s tactics, understandably, were to hope for a hit on the counter. Robert Snodgrass had a rare chance on a 44th minute free kick, but his pass was too shallow to beat the City line. Another one came just after the break, and was perfect service if not for the Tigers’ runs.

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The second half began with a lively Kevin De Bruyne, and he whipped a shot off the near post as Man City looked to break through and snare an opener.

Snodgrass’ service remained strong on a 58th minute free kick that went out for a corner. Bacary Sagna cleared that off the line when Claudio Bravo went a-wandering off the line and didn’t claim the ball.

Hull wasn’t done, and the game looked almost up for grabs as the game edged past the hour mark. Kevin De Bruyne had another chance to finish flash wide of the near post.

Iheanacho had a weaker effort snared by Marshall at the back post as the game neared its final 20 minutes.

Andrew Robertson chopped down Sterling in the 72nd minute, and Toure stepped to the spot to finish with vigor.

De Bruyne then spotted Silva on the right, who hit a pass in front of the spot for a streaking Iheanacho to pass behind Marshall.

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Premier League Preview: Hull City vs. Liverpool

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  • Hull has won one of its 19 games vs. Liverpool
  • Liverpool has taken just four points from their last four games
  • Hull has the second worst home record in the PL (16 points won)

On Tuesday Hull City host Liverpool (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) at the KC Stadium as the Tigers continued their battle against relegation.

Steve Bruce’s side secured their first win in seven games away at Crystal Palace on Saturday, and that victory was much needed as they face Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United in four of their last five games. Hull sit just one point above the relegation zone heading into this one.

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As for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’ side are in fifth, seven points off fourth-placed Man United, but a win on Tuesday (their game in hand) will leave them just four points behind the Red Devils with four games to go. The Reds’ draw at West Brom last weekend could prove costly when all is said and done at the end of the season.

In team news Hull could welcome back Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Diame, while Liverpool will be without Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva.

What they’re saying

Rodgers on Liverpool’s top four hopes: “Manchester United have a clear advantage but we can only affect that by winning our games. We need to do that starting at Hull. Man United play West Brom at the weekend and we’ve seen how difficult it is to play against Tony Pulis’ team. We can only focus on ourselves. Last year showed that lots of changes can take place in the final five matches.”

Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper: “The win on Saturday will give everybody a lift, including the supporters who were brilliant for us down at Palace. If we can pack the KC on Tuesday night we’ll certainly give Liverpool a game. Saturday’s win has given us a platform, but that game has gone now and we’re ready to go again on Tuesday night.”

Prediction

Hull will try to keep things tight and if they can score early on, they may well shock Liverpool. The Reds continue to struggle for goals and they lost 3-1 on their last trip to the KC Stadium. I’m going for a lively and entertaining 2-2 draw, which helps neither side.

Hull City 2-3 Chelsea: Remy strike downs bright Hull (video)

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Hull City bothered Chelsea all day up and down the pitch, but a pair of early goals for the Blues and a goalkeeping mistake down the stretch did the Tigers in as Loic Remy’s winner gave the league leaders all three points at the KC Stadium.

Eden Hazard converted a blistering start into an early lead for the Blues as Diego Costa touched to the Belgian before crumbling to the ground, and Hazard did the rest, cutting up the Hull back line and firing past Allan McGregor from outside the box.

Hull nearly responded just four minutes later. Abel Hernandez found himself in on goal one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois, but the Belgian ‘keeper stoned his shot with an impressive save.

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The home side would rue that miss, as Chelsea would double their lead inside 10 minutes and cap a flying start. It looked all too easy for Diego Costa, who sauntered up the left side and cut into the box before chipping an effort into the top corner from a tight angle.

Hull continued to attack as Chelsea looked porous at the back. They’d pull one back in front of the home crowd before the half-hour mark as Andrew Robertson impressively burst down the left edge, splitting defenders on the way. The 21-year-old crossed to Ahmed Elmohamady who powered it home past Courtois, producing an emphatic fist-pump from Steve Bruce.

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They’d storm all the way back level just moments later on a rare mistake from Chelsea’s young goalkeeper.

The home side continued to bomb forward and trouble the league leaders. They held much of the possession the rest of the way through the first half. They remained dangerous in the second half, and while Diego Costa was a threat for Chelsea, they again needed Courtois to come up big. Just past the hour mark, Courtois made a strong triple-save on shots from Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, and Gaston Ramirez before shouting emphatically.

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Chelsea would repay Courtois’s hard work with yet another lead. Substitute Loic Remy, who came on just a minute earlier, got a cross from Willian from point blank range, and while his weak strike was initially stopped by McGregor’s legs on the dive, the ball squirted under his body and into the net.

Hull City remained dangerous and controlled the midfield, as they did all game, but couldn’t find a final product.

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The win for Chelsea restores their six-point lead at the top of the table, while Hull remains just three points above the relegation zone.

LINEUPS

Hull City: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Robertson (Aluko 81′), Meyler (Quinn 80′), Livermore, Ramírez (Brady 80′), Hernández, N’Doye.

Goals: Elmohamady 26′, Hernandez 28′

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires (Oscar 61′), Willian (Zouma 80′), Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy 75′).

Goals: Hazard 2′, Costa 10′, Remy 77′