London: Hull put a dent in Liverpool’s Premier League title ambitions with a shock 3-1 win over the Merseysiders at the KC Stadium on Sunday on what started out as a torrid day for the Tigers.
Liverpool kicked-off in second place but this result dropped them to third on goal difference behind Chelsea ahead of the west London side’s match at home to Southampton later Sunday.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool were seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal.
Hull took a 20th minute lead when Jake Livermore, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, scored his first Premier League goal when a 25-yard shot deflected off Martin Skrtel and went over the head of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
But Liverpool were level seven minutes later when England captain Steven Gerrad swept in a 20-yard free-kick.
However Hull — who started the match 10 points adrift of Liverpool — put the result beyond doubt with two goals inside the final 20 minutes.
David Meyler made it 2-1 in the 72nd minute after Kolo Toure failed to clear a ball into the Liverpool box and, three minutes from time, Tom Huddlestone’s left-footed chip was turned into his own net by Skrtel.
The victory united, at least temporarily, Hull owner Assem Allam and those fans of the club unhappy at his intention to change its official name from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers.
This has prompted chants of “City till we die” at home games from some Hull fans.
Egyptian businessman Allam, in a controversial interview published just hours before the Liverpool match, told the Independent on Sunday: “I don’t mind ‘City till we die’.
“They can die as soon as they want, as long as they leave the club for the majority who just want to watch good football.”
Earlier, champions Manchester United needed two goals from Wayne Rooney to help them twice come from behind in a 2-2 draw away to Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs went ahead through a Kyle Walker free-kick and then made it 2-1 thanks to a stunning strike from Sandro.
But Rooney hit back on both occasions as David Moyes’s men left White Hart Lane with a point.
but having also drawn 2-2 at Cardiff City last weekend, this was another missed opportunity for United, who are now nine points behind Arsenal.
Sunday’s other Premier League match sees Manchester City at home to Swansea.