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Hull City defender Curtis Davies claims Liverpool are tougher to play against than Arsenal, after the Yorkshire club were on the wrong end of a 5-1 hammering at Anfield.

Arsenal beat Hull 4-1 at the KCOM Stadium just a week before Liverpool demolished the Tigers, with Davies concluding that Liverpool's pressing game made them a tougher opponent.

Both games saw Hull reduced to ten men, but Liverpool were dominant even before Ahmed Elmohamady handled the ball in the box to earn his marching orders.

"Last week against Arsenal, we had 10 men but it was a different performance," Davies said.

"We were good. We kept hold of the ball but Liverpool, with their pressing game, they weren't going to be satisfied with 3-0.

"They weren't satisfied with 4-0 or scoring five. They wanted six, seven, eight and that is the difference. Arsenal were like, 'We will sit, we will let them have the ball and then we will have it for another five minutes'.

"But Liverpool didn't give you a chance to breathe to be honest.

"Arsenal are a very good passing team, but a lot of their stuff is in front of you. Nice little passes.

"Liverpool have that mix of nice little passes and then people who will run and run at you and beat you as well. Like Mane. Like Coutinho.

"They will open the game up just on their own by making runs and beating people. It is very difficult to take.

"When we went down to 10 men then, if I am being honest, as a Liverpool player I would be thinking, 'We can give them a hiding. Let's be ruthless.'

"And they were ruthless."