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After two losses in a row, Brendan Rodgers brings his side back to Anfield and our tipster is backing early goals in a match Liverpool can't scarcely afford to lose

After a fantastic start to the season, Liverpool will be glad to see the back of 2013 after a pair of straight defeats away to two title contenders over the Christmas period. On New Year's Day they welcome Hull City to Anfield, who themselves have had an eventful few festive days.

Steve Bruce's side thrashed Fulham 6-0 at the weekend, a win which lifted them to 12th in the league. This astonishing result followed a tough match against league champions Manchester United.

The Tigers took a lead 2-0 after 13 minutes when David Moyes men came to town only to see their opposition strike back three times to take all the points.

Hull come to Anfield without a win in their last seven away trips, but did beat Liverpool at the KC Stadium earlier in the season, and indeed did so comprehensively. Betway price them at a long 10/1 (11.00) to cause another upset.

Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back after successive defeats on the road to Manchester City and Chelsea - results which transformed their Christmas Day spot atop the Premier League into a sixth-placed one, languishing behind local rivals Everton, in the space of just four days.

The Merseysiders have been fantastic at home though, winning their last six matches at Anfield, and it's no surprise that Betway price them at just 11/50 (1.22) to take all three points. The same firm price the draw at 5/1 (6.00).

In each of Liverpool's last six home matches, the -1 handicap bet would have paid out, and would be worth backing in this fixture, although the price of 11/20 (1.55) with Betway offers relatively little value.

A bet backing over 1.5 first half goals would have landed in eight of the Reds' last nine matches and with the price of 5/4 (2.25) with Betway that this will happen again, it seems far to good to turn down. Fired up after two straight defeats on the road and needing the point to claw their way back up the table, expect Luis Suarez and co to come out of the blocks firing on New Year's Day.

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