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"Outstanding" Liverpool don't stand out to me

IF Steven Gerrard wanted his 500th Liverpool appearance to be an under-stated one, he certainly got his wish, didn’t he?

Saturday was a day when great British and Irish sportsmen showed their true worth. There wasn’t a dry eye at Sandown when AP rode off into the sunset.

In Grenada the phenomenal Jimmy Anderson was single-handedly winning England a Test match. While up in Sheffield Barry Hawkins rolled in a couple of nice breaks to make the world snooker quarters.

Yes, sporting legends one and all.

And it should have been a day when Stevie G, one-time warrior and leader, might have expected a decent fanfare for his own longevity.

Except, of course, that playing under Brendan Rodgers and alongside Mario Balotelli, the fading embers of Gerrard’s Liverpool career have been fairly forgettable and so his big milestone was nothing more dreary than a 0-0 draw at West Brom.

And so to number 501 and a glamorous trip to Hull.

So what do we know about Hull v Liverpool?

Well, we know Liverpool will be “outstanding” because Bren will tell us as much in his debrief. But then again, this is a man who once described Rickie Lambert’s signing as an “outstanding” piece of business, so maybe he’s simply lost sight of what the word actually means. I think he once referred to Dejan Lovren as outstanding as well. So there you go.

Right now Liverpool are a lay wherever they go, especially at a short price. Hull may be pretty average... I’ll rephrase that. Hull are pretty average but they’re showing some guts with three wins and three draws in their last ten, and Steve Bruce seems to be a pretty good man to have in your corner come a dogfight.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY

Hull v Liverpool

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  • Liverpool have scored no more than once in seven of their last eight matches
Expert verdict
Liverpool have seen their top-four chances recede after one win from their last four league games and any lingering hope would disappear with a defeat at the KC. Hull played with lots of intensity in a well-deserved 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday and will be eager to take another big step towards safety.