English Premiership

Liverpool hammer 10-man Hull City

Adam Lallana (Getty)
Adam Lallana (Getty)
London - Liverpool produced a polished performance against 10-man Hull City at Anfield on Saturday as goals from Adam Lallana, James Milner, Sadio Mané and Phil Coutinho secured a 5-1 victory.

The Reds drew first blood through Lallana's 17th-minute strike, before Hull were reduced to ten men when Ahmed Elmohamady handled the ball in the box.

Milner converted the resulting penalty, before Mané got in on the act with a well taken goal in the 36th minute.

Meyler pulled one back for the Tigers after the break, but it was nothing more than a consolation as further goals from Milner and Coutinho sealed a comfortable win for the Merseysiders.

The Reds started the encounter on the front foot, going close through efforts from Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson in the opening ten minutes of play.

They eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 17th minute, Lallana latching onto a pass from Coutinho before firing a disguised shot into the bottom-right corner.

Liverpool continued to put the Tigers under the cosh and the pressure finally took its toll on the visitors when Elmohamady was shown a straight red card for a handball in the danger area. Milner stepped up to take it and made no mistake, drilling a powerful effort into the bottom-right corner.

Hull never fully recovered from that setback as the rampant hosts went on to add one more goal to their tally in the 36th minute. The impressive Mané skipped past one challenge before unleashing a swerving drive which flew into the bottom-left corner from just inside the box.

Playing with their tails up, Liverpool had several more chances to add to their advantage in the closing stages of the first half, although Hull managed to hold firm.

The Tigers gave themselves a glimmer of hope after the break, when Meyler fired into the bottom-left corner from inside the danger area in the 51st minute, but Liverpool were quick to restore their three-goal cushion.

Virtually from the restart, Coutinho latched onto a neat pass from Lallana, before cutting inside and firing a curling effort into the bottom-right corner from outside the box.

And Hull's after went from bad to worse in the 71st minute as Andrew Robertson gave away a penalty following a foul on substitute Daniel Sturridge. Milner stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, and again put the ball in the bottom-right corner to make it 5-1 to the hosts.

It was plain sailing from that point on as Jurgen Klopp's men went close to heaping more misery on the Tigers on more than one occasion in the latter stages of the contest.