Liverpool moved back into the top four following successive Christmas defeats with a comfortable victory over Hull.

Daniel Agger nodded in a Philippe Coutinho corner to set the hosts up for a seventh straight home win.

It was all Liverpool as Jordan Henderson and Coutinho went close before Luis Suarez doubled the advantage with an exquisite free-kick early in the second half.

Rodgers hails Liverpool's 'best win'

Hull created little, but did well to prevent the hosts from scoring a third.

The victory goes some way to repairing the damage caused by the losses to Manchester City and Chelsea over Christmas, and prevented Hull from completing the double over Brendan Rodgers's men.

Not only was this payback for the 3-1 defeat Hull inflicted at the KC Stadium last month, but the three points also keep Liverpool in touch with league leaders Arsenal.

The Reds, top on Christmas Day but fifth at the start of play, leapfrog Everton into fourth after their Merseyside rivals drew at Stoke.

A further boost to Anfield boss Rodgers was Steven Gerrard's second-half introduction after the captain's four-match absence with a hamstring injury.

However, the sight of Glenn Johnson hobbling off early in the second half will be a worry to Rodgers who already has a lengthy injury list to contend with.

Suarez continues to impress

  • Luis Suarez is the first Liverpool player to score 20+ league goals in successive seasons since Robbie Fowler in 94-95 & 95-96
  • Suarez has scored 15 goals in just seven Premier League appearances at Anfield this season.

The manager has described the second half of the season as "massive" for the club as they seek a first top-four finish since 2008-09.

Not every opponent in 2014 will be dealt with as easily as Hull were, although it did take the hosts a while to break down Steve Bruce's well-organised side.

When they eventually hit their stride midway through the first half, it was Suarez's imagination and energy that was at the heart of it.

The Uruguayan thought he had scored his 20th goal of the season early on, only for his header from a Coutinho free-kick to be correctly disallowed for offside.

Undeterred, he went on to create an opening for Raheem Sterling but Allan McGregor advanced quickly off his line to get down and smother the teenager's effort.

Difficult afternoon for Hull - Bruce

The opener came from an unlikely source as Agger scored his first league goal since April, his downward header evading not just the goalkeeper but two Hull defenders on the line.

The hosts should have extended their advantage before the break but the influential Henderson missed with the goal at his mercy, while Coutinho squandered an equally glorious chance.

Those misses were forgotten in the 50th minute, however, when Suarez stepped up to produce a moment of brilliance, curling an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner.

And there were more cheers from the home fans when Gerrard replaced Iago Aspas shortly afterwards.

The veteran midfielder enjoyed an easy reintroduction as Liverpool continued to dominate, Coutinho twice more going close in the latter stages, though Hull held their discipline to prevent further scoring.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was arguably our best win of the season, on the back of what was a tough schedule for us with a light squad.

"The energy, as you'd expect, was not what it has been but we showed great resilience. Luis Suarez's quality is unquestionable. It's probably unfair that our team doesn't get the credit.

"Everyone talks about Luis, and we all know he's a world class player, but even when he was out of the team we only lost one game. Today was a great team performance and what we're building here is based around that."

Hull boss Steve Bruce: "It's a disappointing result. It was a difficult afternoon for us. It isn't the easies of places to come and, towards the end, we had a lot of tired bodies out there.

"We stuck at it and conceded from two set pieces. Our season is never defined in places like this. It was very comfortable for Liverpool because we didn't have the energy. They were better than us on the day."

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 20 Cissokho
  • 02 Johnson (K Touré - 55' )
  • 05 Agger
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 14 Henderson
  • 10 Coutinho
  • 31 Sterling (Moses - 76' )
  • 09 Iago Aspas (Gerrard - 62' )
  • 21 Lucas
  • 07 Suárez Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 K Touré
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 12 Moses
  • 34 Kelly
  • 46 Rossiter

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 06 Davies Booked
  • 05 Chester
  • 04 Bruce Booked
  • 07 Meyler (Boyd - 59' )
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 14 Livermore
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 10 Koren (Graham - 59' )
  • 20 Sagbo (Fryatt - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Rosenior
  • 09 Graham
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 17 Boyd
  • 22 Harper
  • 23 Faye
  • 29 Quinn
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 44,627

Match Stats

Shots

17 10

On target

6 0

Corners

3 4

Fouls

15 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 2, Hull City 0.

90:00 +2:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Hull City 0.

90:00 +1:45

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

90:00 +0:52

Attempt blocked. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matty Fryatt.

89:38

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

89:38

Danny Graham (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:09

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

85:22 Booking

Booking Curtis Davies (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:19

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:19

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

84:01

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

84:01

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:27

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Boyd.

82:07

Foul by Victor Moses (Liverpool).

82:07

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:36

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

79:58

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a headed pass.

79:25

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:25

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

79:03

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

79:03

Matty Fryatt (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:23

Attempt missed. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

78:19

Attempt blocked. Matty Fryatt (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

77:43

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

76:38

Victor Moses (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:38

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Hull City).

76:15

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

76:11

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Victor Moses replaces Raheem Sterling.

75:26

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

75:26

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:40

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

72:07

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

70:00

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

68:20

Dangerous play by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

68:20

James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:47

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

67:47

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:54

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matty Fryatt following a corner.

65:23

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

64:44

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

61:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Steven Gerrard replaces Iago Aspas.

59:01

Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:01

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

58:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces David Meyler.

58:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Danny Graham replaces Robert Koren.

57:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces Yannick Sagbo.

57:12

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Daniel Agger.

57:09

Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Meyler.

54:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Kolo Touré replaces Glen Johnson because of an injury.

53:03

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

53:03

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:59

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by James Chester.

51:56

Attempt blocked. Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 2, Hull City 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

47:55

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:55

Foul by James Chester (Hull City).

46:21

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

46:21

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 1, Hull City 0.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 1, Hull City 0.

45:00 +0:49

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

45:00 +0:02

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:02

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

43:51

Offside, Hull City. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Yannick Sagbo is caught offside.

42:21

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:21

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

41:33

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Iago Aspas.

39:59

Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:59

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

39:23

Daniel Agger (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:23

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

38:26 Booking

Booking Luis Suárez (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:13

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

38:13

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 1, Hull City 0. Daniel Agger (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.

35:04

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by David Meyler.

28:44

Foul by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).

28:44

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:14

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

25:28

Foul by Iago Aspas (Liverpool).

25:28

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:30

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a headed pass.

23:33

Daniel Agger (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:33

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

22:57

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21:38

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

20:54 Booking

Booking Alex Bruce (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

20:49

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:49

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

19:13

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:13

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

18:14

Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

17:44

Hand ball by Robert Koren (Hull City).

16:29

Offside, Hull City. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Yannick Sagbo is caught offside.

15:34

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

14:20

Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

11:56

Attempt missed. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Robert Koren.

10:36

Iago Aspas (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:36

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

4:36

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

4:36

Robert Koren (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:53

Attempt blocked. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

3:00

Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:00

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

1:38

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

1:38

James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:25

Foul by Iago Aspas (Liverpool).

0:25

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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