Hull City had an afternoon to forget on Saturday as they were torn apart by a rampant Liverpool side at Anfield.
David Meyler’s consolation goal was about the only positive that could be taken as Jurgen Klopp’s team ran rampant in a 5-1 scoreline that flattered the away side if anything.
Hull captain Curtis Davies has been attempting to relive the experience, admitting that this wasn’t so much a defeat but an absolute demolition.
Liverpool didn’t give you a chance to breathe to be honest.
“It is hard to lay a glove on anyone. When there is so much inter-changing you cannot put your mark on one person. It is tough to make a tackle. One second Mane will be in that hole, then Lallana and then Coutinho.
“There is a lot of interchange, quick football and with the full backs playing like wingers it becomes very difficult because you end up with backs against the wall.
“They play with Henderson and the two centre-halves at the back and the rest can go where-ever they want. That is not an ill-disciplined thing, that is organised.”
Davies went on to analyse the defeat in comparison with the 4-1 defeat at home to Arsenal a week earlier, claiming that while Arsenal are very good at what they do, Liverpool are far more ruthless in their approach.
“Arsenal are a very good passing team, but a lot of their stuff is in front of you.
“Nice little passes. Liverpool have that mix of nice little passes and then people who will run and run at you and beat you as well like Mané and Coutinho.
“Last week against Arsenal, we had 10 men but it was a different performance.
“We were good. We kept hold of the ball but Liverpool, with their pressing game, they weren’t going to be satisfied with 3-0. They wanted 6, 7, 8. That is the difference. Arsenal were like, ‘We will sit, we will let them have the ball and then we will have it for another five minutes’.
“When we went down to 10 men then, if I am being honest, as a Liverpool I would be thinking, ‘We can give them a hiding. Let’s be ruthless.’
“And they were ruthless.”
Liverpool had 32 shots on goal over the course of the game, and the general heatmaps and average positions of the players show that they were treating the Hull box like the halfway line for a large of the game.
— Stats Zone (@StatsZone) September 24, 2016
Arsenal, while no less dominant a week earlier, failed to produce the same sense of hopelessness within the Hull players, with Meyler at the time claiming that the result somewhat flattered the victorious away side.
— Hull City (@HullCity) September 17, 2016
Hull 1-4 Arsenal FT:
Pass acc.: 86%-93%
Chances created: 4-13
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 17, 2016
Liverpool and Arsenal are both in flying form at the minute, and while the methodology of the manager appears to be different, the end result will largely be the same due to the quality of the sides.