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Hull City will be looking to secure their first victory against high-flying Liverpool when they play the Reds at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

The Tigers have faced Liverpool 16 times in league and cup matches but never beaten the Merseysiders. They lost on 12 occasions and there have been four draws.

Hull (4-2-6) were defeated 1-0 at home by 10-man Crystal Palace last weekend and have slipped down to 13th in the standings after collecting just three points from their last five league matches.

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor admits the Tigers must improve their form or face the threat of relegation.

"Our starts to games in recent weeks have been quite slow and lethargic and we've struggled to get into matches" McGregor told his club's official website. "That's has got to change soon otherwise we're going to be facing bigger problems.

"We set high standards (early in the season) and we need to keep those high standards to have a chance of staying in this division. We haven't done that in the last few games and we need to get back to it sooner rather than later."

Liverpool (7-3-2) are second in the table on 24 points, four behind leaders Arsenal. Brendan Rodgers' side shared the points in a pulsating Merseyside derby at Everton last Saturday that finished 3-3 after England international Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to hit an 89th-minute equaliser for the Reds.

Fellow forward Luis Suarez, who also scored against the Toffees, has formed a potent strike partnership with Sturridge, and both players have scored nine league goals. Only Manchester City's Sergio Aguero - with 10 - has found the net more in England's top flight.

One concern for manager Rodgers will be Liverpool's away form - the Reds have won only once in their last five road matches.

However, the Liverpool boss was full of praise for the way his side battled back to earn a draw at Everton and admits he expects a tough game against Hull this weekend.

"We showed yet again our incredible character in the team and the mentality which is very strong and what will always help us in our games," Rodgers said at his pre-match press conference. "We're a very hard team to beat and it's very important that as any manager will tell you or coach, then if you can't win a game then you have fight not to lose it.

"They (Hull) look to be on course to be a team in the middle of the table, so that will tell you it's going to be a very difficult game. But our confidence is high and our spirit is very strong at the moment. Even though it will be tough we hope we can go and get the points."

Hull will be without defender Paul McShane, who tore a hamstring against Palace. Midfielder Stephen Quinn (hamstring) and forward Sone Aluko (Achilles) are also sidelined.

Sturridge should start for Liverpool after proving his fitness in training this week. Jon Flanagan is expected to continue at left-back in place of the injured Jose Enrique, who is out until February following knee surgery.

These sides last met in the Premier League during the 2009-2010 campaign. The Reds took four points off the Tigers that season, winning 6-1 at Anfield in September before playing out a scoreless draw in May.

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