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Reds rocked by Hull defeat

first_img The Reds were without the prolific Daniel Sturridge as he began what could be a stint of up to eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage in training on Friday. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had recalled Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling, the latter making his first start since October 5, but they proved inadequate replacements for Sturridge and Liverpool’s consolation, a first-half equaliser, came from the more reliable source of a Steven Gerrard free-kick. Press Association Hull had gone ahead through Livermore’s first of the season, via another Skrtel deflection, and took a deserved lead when Meyler buried a low shot in the 72nd minute. Rodgers’ side lost all sense of shape as they attempted to retrieve the game and conceded a third when Tom Huddlestone’s off-target effort was nodded home by Skrtel. For Hull, it was a memorable afternoon and a season’s best performance – just the boost required after last week’s defeat to lowly Crystal Palace. Hull had started the day by digesting another round of inflammatory comments from owner Assem Allam. His proposals to rebrand the club as Hull Tigers led to the formation of an opposing “City Till We Die” fans’ group and Allam told a Sunday newspaper that members of it could “die as soon as they want”. With the match just a couple of minutes old supporters in the East Stand gave their response, chanting: “We’re Hull City, we’ll die when we want.” The match itself quickly settled into a pattern of Liverpool going forward and Hull clearing their lines. The Reds forced three corners in the first six minutes, but the hosts stood up well to Gerrard’s delivery. There were hints that Hull were not going to be completely passive, though, Yannick Sagbo and Livermore creating a promising counter-attack in the 14th minute only for Robert Koren to linger too long over a final ball. Nevertheless, it was still a major surprise when Hull went ahead six minutes later. Moses was culpable, giving the ball away to Ahmed Elmohamady when trying to attack from the back and bringing Livermore into the game. He exchanged a quick one-two with Meyler, advanced on goal and saw his 20-yard strike loop past Simon Mignolet via a heavy deflection off Skrtel. Hull’s game plan would surely have been to grit it out until half-time with their lead intact but with 26 minutes gone Curtis Davies felled the advancing Jordan Henderson and offered Liverpool the most inviting of free-kicks. Luis Suarez appeared interested but Gerrard pulled rank. It was a decision he would not regret, bending the ball brilliantly past Allan McGregor after Skrtel pulled away from the wall to create a gap for the shot. The leveller settled Liverpool and both Gerrard and Suarez began to play with greater freedom as they probed Hull for further openings. Yet they did not muster a shot of note between them until the stroke of half-time when Suarez hit an unusually tame effort from Sterling’s clever through ball. Moments earlier Hull winger Robbie Brady was booked for diving as he tumbled in the penalty area despite Lucas Leiva making no apparent contact. Liverpool started the second period shakily, Kolo Toure at times resembling an accident waiting to happen at the back. The impetus was still on them to win the game but Moses and Sterling were offering little cutting edge in support of Suarez. Hull threatened on the hour when Davies headed a Brady free-kick a yard wide of Mignolet’s goal and the momentum began to tilt in the home side’s favour. Huddlestone almost capped an impressive performance with a neat touch and shot from the edge of the area and Hull pressed home their advantage at the next attempt. Meyler was the scorer, driving into the bottom corner after his initial strike was blocked by Toure, but Davies, Sagbo and Livermore all had a hand in the build-up. Just before the goal McGregor made a brave close-range save to deny Moses, a contribution just as vital to the cause. Liverpool went to pieces in the last 15 minutes, frequently leaving themselves exposed as they threw numbers forward. A third goal seemed inevitable and came when Sagbo met a hopeful punt from the back and held the ball up long enough for Huddlestone to arrive in the box. His chance to finally end a long goal drought – and go for the haircut he has promised to have when he next scores – was not taken as his shot looked to be heading well wide until Skrtel intervened and left Mignolet stranded. Liverpool lost ground on table-topping Arsenal as strikes from Jake Livermore and David Meyler, as well as a Martin Skrtel own goal, handed Hull a surprise 3-1 victory at the KC Stadium.last_img read more


One to watch: Young entrepreneur Ben Jeffries to headline AffiliateFEST agenda

first_img StumbleUpon AffiliateINSIDER to host Betting on Sports webinar, Reality 2019: Survival of the Fittest August 12, 2019 Share AffiliateFEST – Creating a trade body for the affiliate sector October 15, 2018 Related Articles Submit Industry marketing expert Natalie Lees joins AffiliateINSIDER October 23, 2018 Share One of the most exciting young entrepreneurs in the UK will be speaking exclusively at this year’s AffiliateFEST about influencer marketing and how it is impacting affiliate brands.Influencer CEO Ben Jeffries is just one of many speakers lined up for the fourth edition of the Affiliate Insider organised event, which is being held at Hilton Olympia on Wednesday 19 September alongside the Betting on Sports Week in London (18-21 September).Ben Jeffries, recently named by NatWest as one of 15 young entrepreneurs to watch out for in 2018, will invite #AffiliateFest2018 delegates to explore influencer marketing as an acquisition medium and help them to understand its value as a new form of online marketing.At just 22 years of age, Jeffries has already established himself as the face of influencer marketing. He raised £150,000 to launch Influencer in 2014, before re-launching the brand in 2017 with the support of YouTube sensation Caspar Lee, with the duo combining to provide the simplest and most effective way to connect brands with social media influencers.His afternoon keynote speech will emphasise the AffiliateFEST focus on providing affiliates with FREE content around digital learning, supplemented by tangible session takeaways, as opposed to the selling and promotion of services.Jeffries commented: “AffiliateFEST is a great opportunity for me to engage with the brightest affiliates in the iGaming industry. There is a close correlation between influencer and affiliate marketing and I’m excited to have this opportunity to show the benefits of using influencer marketing over and above traditional marketing to explain the value that this relationship will have for affiliate sites.”Affiliate Insider CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone added: “AffiliateFEST offers affiliates the opportunity to get close to successful entrepreneurs, suppliers and operators who have a vested interest in growing their affiliate marketing business. We bring the industry’s best experts to the table to discuss real insight, in a private setting.“The objective: to promote better collaboration and revenue growth. We’re thrilled to have a leading entrepreneur like Ben join us this year to help iGaming affiliates get the best insights on how to use this brand new digital medium to engage audience growth.”As well as Jeffries, the confirmed speaker lineup already includes RefToken CEO Jan Sammut, Miratrix Founder Nick Duddy, Harris Hagan Partner John Hagan, Mishcon Partner Nick Nocton, Scout Gaming Group Commercial Director Joakim Renman, BGO CMO Allan Turner, Blockchip COO Diana Rotaru and former Google SEO expert Fili Wiese from Search Brothers.____________________last_img read more


PHOENIX — The first two draft picks of the Steve K

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