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Liverpool won't fail Hull test again says Rodgers

“It’s very simple — we are at home and we expect to win,” says Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Alex Bruce and David Meyler celebrate: Hull beat Liverpool 3-1 at the start of December.
Alex Bruce and David Meyler celebrate: Hull beat Liverpool 3-1 at the start of December.
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BRENDAN RODGERS INSISTS Liverpool will not repeat their costly mistakes against Hull when the sides meet again at Anfield on Wednesday.

Rodgers’s team suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat at the KC Stadium on 1 December after an error-strewn performance which saw defender Martin Skrtel score an own goal.

But Rodgers remains confident that sloppy display was a one-off and he expects Liverpool to return to winning ways after damaging back-to-back defeats against fellow title contenders Manchester City and Chelsea in their last two matches.

“It’s very simple — we are at home and we expect to win,” Rodgers said.

“We were very disappointed in our performance level in the game there. We were nowhere near the standard we would expect, but you have to give credit to Hull — they exposed that on the day.

“But we aim to make sure that no matter what squad or team we put out, we don’t make the same mistakes again because home games are vitally important for us.

“We know it’s going to be like any other game at this level; a very tough game.

They’re coming off the back of a 6-0 victory (against Fulham) that doesn’t happen too often when you’re in the Premier League, especially when it’s 0-0 at half-time. It was a terrific result.

Rodgers could welcome back captain Steven Gerrard for the match after he returned to training following a hamstring problem which has kept him on the sidelines since 7 December.

However, Liverpool will definitely be without midfielder Joe Allen and centre-back Mamadou Sakho who both limped out of their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle), as well as defenders Jose Enrique (knee) and Jon Flanagan (hamstring) are also set to miss the match.

Meanwhile, Hull defender Alex Bruce says in-form team-mate Tom Huddlestone deserves a place in England’s World Cup squad.

Huddlestone, 27, ended a two-and-a-half-year goal drought in Hull’s 6-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday and the former Tottenham man played a part in three of his side’s other goals.

Huddlestone has four England caps but has not appeared for his country since November 2011.

Bruce believes the midfielder, who has featured in every league game for Hull this season, is worthy of a place in England’s squad.

“If Roy Hodgson had been there against Fulham, then Tom would be on the plane to Brazil,” Bruce said.

It was a masterclass performance — one of the best I’ve ever seen to be honest. He was unplayable. He was different class.

If Tom keeps playing like that he has to be in contention — there is not an if, but or maybe about it.

“If he plays like that he must be going because for me, there is no-one better in the country at the minute.

“His goal was unbelievable and then he hits a free kick from 45 yards which creates another goal. Only certain people can do that.”

Hull have doubts over winger Robbie Brady as he continues his recovery from a groin injury, while striker Sone Aluko will definitely miss out with a calf problem.

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