Liverpool predicted XI v Hull City – Formation re-jigged again as Mario Balotelli drops out

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Liverpool’s final shot at a Champions League place comes on Tuesday when they take on Hull City at the KC Stadium, looking for only a second win in five Premier League outings.

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Manchester United’s crushing defeat at Goodison Park on Sunday means that we can close the gap to Louis van Gaal’s side back to just four points with four games remaining.

With United still facing a tricky tie at Crystal Palace and a game with high-flying Arsenal, there could miraculously be hope left for Brendan Rodgers’ side, if we can win all of our remaining fixtures.

Here’s how we think we’ll kick things off against the Tigers:

GK) Simon Mignolet

Kept his thirteenth clean-sheet since the turn of the year against West Brom on Saturday, although in all fairness he was rarely tested. Made one smart stop with his feet in the final minutes to ensure we held onto a point.

RB) Emre Can

We’ve gone four at the back for this one, with one of the reasons being that we liked the look of the German when he got forward down the right against Albion. He needs the chance to push forward and with a busy midfield this could be the way to do it.

CB) Martin Skrtel

Needs to put any lingering thoughts of imminent contract talks out of his mind and get back to his best form. He’s looked a little bit shaky since his return from suspension, uncharacteristically so. It’d be good to see him grab a goal as well, having got just the one this term.

CB) Dejan Lovren

Played very well against West Brom and should definitely keep his place in the team here. If he can continue to produce performances like that between now and the end of the season then he’ll be feeling a lot happier come the summer break.

LB) Glen Johnson

Needed more end product against West Brom, so we’ve dropped him back into a more natural full-back position, so that he’ll hopefully have someone ahead of him to come and help. We expect Alberto Moreno to still be out.

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