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Gerrard returns to Liverpool bench

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Steven Gerrard returns from a hamstring injury to the Liverpool bench for their clash with Hull at Anfield.

Gerrard has missed nearly four weeks after limping off in the 4-1 home win over West Ham.

Iago Aspas makes his first start since Liverpool's home defeat to Southampton in September, with Joe Allen making way.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Cissokho, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Aspas, Sterling, Suarez

Substitutes: Jones, Rossiter, Kelly, Toure, Moses, Alberto, Gerrard

Hull: McGregor, Figueroa, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Sagbo, Elmohamady

Substitutes: Harper, Rosenior, Graham, Fryatt, Boyd, Faye, Quinn

At the Emirates, Lukas Podolski makes his first Arsenal start since August 27 against Cardiff, while Nacho Monreal comes in for Kieran Gibbs at left-back.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski

Substitutes: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Miyaichi, Gnabry, Bendtner

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Caulker, Turner, John, Whittingham, Medel, Kim, Noone, Mutch, Campbell

Substitutes: Lewis, Hudson, Cornelius, Smith, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Maynard

Jose Mourinho makes six changes to his Chelsea side at Southampton. Ashley Cole starts at left-back with Cesar Azpilicueta deputising at right-back for the injured Branislav Ivanovic. Frank Lampard drops out for John Obi Mikel while Ramires replaces David Luiz in midfield.

Southampton: K. Davis, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Ramírez

Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Lambert, Ward-Prowse, Hooiveld, Gallagher

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Schurrle, Mata, Hazard, Torres

Substitutes: Schwarzer, Kalas, Essien, Oscar, Willian, Eto'o, Ba

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