Torres (left) and Kuyt celebrate Liverpool's opener at Anfield
By Jonathan Stevenson
Fernando Torres struck a brilliant hat-trick as Liverpool demolished Hull.
The Spanish striker showed stunning footwork to slot in a first, before Geovanni's volley levelled matters.
Torres dribbled around Boaz Myhill to restore the Reds' lead and rolled in to complete his treble after latching on to a clever Yossi Benayoun pass.
Steven Gerrard's cross flew it to make it 4-1 before Ryan Babel tapped in Dirk Kuyt's cross and then unknowingly deflected in Albert Riera's late shot.
Benitez happy with six against Hull
The final score was harsh on Hull, but their commitment and endeavour could not make up for a glaring lack of quality throughout the side.
After a shaky start to the season, Rafael Benitez has now seen his Liverpool side win their last six matches, scoring 18 goals in the process.
The Spaniard even had the luxury of resting midfielder Javier Mascherano ahead of a testing week which includes a Champions League trip to Fiorentina on Tuesday and a league meeting with Chelsea next Sunday.
Riera came in for the Argentine and the winger had an immediate impact as his low ball in from the left was shifted out of his feet by the quick-thinking Torres before he rolled into the far corner.
It was far from an ideal start for Hull, who had lost their previous three matches, but if the majority of the Anfield crowd were expecting the floodgates to open they were soon to be disappointed as the Tigers gave their travelling fans something to celebrate.
Paul McShane's cross from the right was headed back across goal by Jan Venegoor of Hesselink and, after Martin Skrtel could only flick the ball up in the air, Geovanni waited for it to drop on to his left foot and directed it into the corner from 10 yards.
Brown blames 'unacceptable defending'
The goal gave Hull renewed belief and every time they pumped a ball into the Liverpool area the hosts' fragile defence gave them cause for optimism, clearly not heeding boss Benitez's midweek plea for them to tighten up at the back.
Fortunately for them Hull were even shakier and before the half-hour mark Torres doubled the lead, slipping on to a Benayoun slide-rule pass, nonchalantly rounding Ibrahima Sonko and Myhill before clipping into the net.
Hull simply could not live with the blond marksman and he sealed his fourth Liverpool hat-trick two minutes after the break, again found by Benayoun and again coming inside Sonko before firing home.
At that stage the score was harsh on Hull, who saw a Sonko header deflected wide and a Geovanni shot fly off target, but from then on it was nothing more than an exercise in damage limitation.
And as the Hull defence - including 18-year-old Liam Cooper, making his Premier League debut - proceeded to fall apart, Liverpool began to run riot.
Torres delighted with a wonderful game
Gerrard's goal had more than a touch of fortune about it as he swung over a cross from the left that swirled over Myhill's head and flew in-off the crossbar, but as the game wore on Hull simply could not get the ball off their opponents.
Torres and Gerrard were given deserved rests but the torment did not end there as Kuyt ploughed down the right and crossed for Babel to convert at the near post.
It got even worse in injury time as Riera's shot struck Babel and looped over Myhill to make it six.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez on Fernando Torres:
"He is now showing his ability but I think he can do it better. He is keen to learn and he will improve but how much depends on him.
"We decided to spend £20m on him - that was a massive figure for us.
"We brought him here because of his quality but also his potential. We are pleased now but he can improve."
Hull boss Phil Brown:
"I was disgusted with some of the defending, individually and collectively. For me it was demoralising and I hope it was for the players as well.
"People will say Torres was the difference between the two sides but I thought we gifted them the goals.
"To come out in the second half and throw away a third goal and give up our position was disgusting.
"That killed us off and one or two towels went in after that, which is bitterly disappointing from my point of view."
90:00+3:55 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, Andriy Voronin concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McShane. Boaz Myhill takes
the free kick.
90:00+3:50 Emiliano Insua crosses the ball.
90:00+3:42 The ball is crossed by Albert Riera, Liam Cooper manages to make a clearance.
90:00+2:28 The ball is sent over by Albert Riera, clearance by Paul McShane.
90:00+0:39 Albert Riera provided the assist for the goal.
90:00+0:39 GOAL - Ryan Babel:Liverpool 6 - 1 Hull Ryan Babel scores a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 6-1 Hull.
90:00+0:31 A cross is delivered by Leiva Lucas, clearance by Andy Dawson. Albert Riera takes a shot.
90:00+0:03 The referee blows for offside against Ryan Babel. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
89:30 Foul by Albert Riera on Paul McShane, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
88:32 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, Andriy Voronin takes a shot. Ibrahima Sonko gets a block in. Leiva Lucas has an effort at
goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
87:16 The assist for the goal came from Dirk Kuyt.
87:16 GOAL - Ryan Babel:Liverpool 5 - 1 Hull Ryan Babel fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 5-1 Hull.
87:13 Dirk Kuyt produces a cross,
86:02 Short corner taken by Leiva Lucas from the right by-line, Effort from the edge of the box by Glen Johnson goes wide of the
85:06 Long range shot by Javier Mascherano goes wide right of the net.
84:55 Emiliano Insua crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul McShane.
84:14 Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Andriy Voronin takes a shot. Clearance made by George Boateng.
83:14 Dirk Kuyt fouled by Andy Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Albert Riera, George Boateng
makes a clearance.
82:28 Substitution Deiberson Geovanni leaves the field to be replaced by Jozy Altidore.
82:28 Booking The referee books Dean Marney for unsporting behaviour.
82:21 Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
81:44 Albert Riera produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
80:54 The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Liam Cooper. Corner taken by Albert Riera from the right by-line.
79:00 Andriy Voronin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
78:35 Centre by Ryan Babel, clearance made by Ibrahima Sonko.
77:29 The ball is delivered by Andriy Voronin.
76:22 Ibrahima Sonko manages to make a clearance.
76:22 Substitution Andriy Voronin comes on in place of Yossi Benayoun.
76:22 Ryan Babel takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Cooper. Leiva Lucas takes the outswinging corner,
74:59 Shot from outside the box by Glen Johnson misses to the left of the goal.
73:14 Substitution Javier Mascherano replaces Steven Gerrard.
70:43 Albert Riera produces a cross, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
70:05 Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Paul McShane.
66:54 Substitution Ryan Babel comes on in place of Fernando Torres.
65:00 Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Cooper. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
62:13 Substitution (Hull) makes a substitution, with Dean Marney coming on for Kevin Kilbane.
62:13 Substitution Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Cousin.
62:13 Booking Paul McShane is given a yellow card.
60:46 Emiliano Insua provided the assist for the goal.
60:46 GOAL - Steven Gerrard:Liverpool 4 - 1 Hull Steven Gerrard finds the net with a goal from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 4-1 Hull.
60:08 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
59:17 Shot from outside the box by Deiberson Geovanni goes wide right of the target.
59:03 Deiberson Geovanni produces a cross, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
57:14 Centre by Martin Skrtel, Fernando Torres produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
56:46 Steven Gerrard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Paul McShane.
55:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul McShane. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
54:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Paul McShane. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
52:51 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Deiberson Geovanni.
52:51 Booking Martin Skrtel shown a yellow card.
52:32 Unfair challenge on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick.
50:30 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Kevin Kilbane.
49:01 Free kick crossed left-footed by Albert Riera from right wing, clearance by George Boateng. Short corner taken by Albert Riera,
The ball is crossed by Yossi Benayoun, clearance by Kevin Kilbane.
49:01 Booking Stephen Hunt booked.
48:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hunt on Glen Johnson.
46:44 Assist on the goal came from Yossi Benayoun.
46:44 GOAL - Fernando Torres:Liverpool 3 - 1 Hull Fernando Torres fires in a fantastic goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 3-1
46:10 Shot by Fernando Torres. Ibrahima Sonko gets a block in.
45:35 Albert Riera delivers the ball, Liam Cooper manages to make a clearance.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+2:34 The match has reached half-time.
45:00+1:38 Glen Johnson produces a cross.
45:00+1:14 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Liam Cooper.
45:00+0:52 Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
45:00+0:52 Booking The referee shows Kevin Kilbane a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
45:00+0:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Kevin Kilbane.
41:31 George Boateng has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
40:47 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a comfortable save.
39:02 Albert Riera sends in a cross, Paul McShane gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard, Ibrahima
Sonko manages to make a clearance.
37:49 The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres.
37:03 Paul McShane delivers the ball, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
36:01 Shot by Kamel Ghilas. Emiliano Insua gets a block in.
31:56 Stephen Hunt has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Jose Reina.
30:55 Deiberson Geovanni fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Deiberson
Geovanni, clearance made by Emiliano Insua. Corner taken by Deiberson Geovanni from the left by-line played to the near post,
Fernando Torres makes a clearance.
30:16 Shot from long range by Deiberson Geovanni misses to the right of the target.
29:17 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kamel Ghilas. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
28:44 Fernando Torres is ruled offside. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
27:37 The assist for the goal came from Yossi Benayoun.
27:37 GOAL - Fernando Torres:Liverpool 2 - 1 Hull A brilliant goal is scored by Fernando Torres from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Hull.
Correction - 24:10 A cross is delivered by Fernando Torres, Andy Dawson makes a clearance. Steven Gerrard takes a short corner, The ball is sent
over by Albert Riera, Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Blocked by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Yossi Benayoun takes a outswinging
corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink makes a clearance.
24:10 The ball is swung over by Fernando Torres, Andy Dawson manages to make a clearance. Steven Gerrard decides to take a short
corner, Albert Riera delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel takes a shot from 12 yards. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink gets a block
in. Yossi Benayoun takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
22:39 Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
21:00 Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kamel Ghilas. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jose Reina
makes a comfortable save.
20:21 Emiliano Insua takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Cooper. Corner taken by Albert Riera from the left by-line to the near post,
George Boateng manages to make a clearance.
19:28 Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt, Jose Reina makes a save.
18:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Kilbane by Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
17:08 Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Dawson. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
16:34 Emiliano Insua crosses the ball, clearance made by Andy Dawson. Yossi Benayoun takes a outswinging corner to the near post,
Ibrahima Sonko manages to make a clearance.
14:25 GOAL - Deiberson Geovanni:Liverpool 1 - 1 Hull Deiberson Geovanni finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal.
Liverpool 1-1 Hull.
14:20 The ball is sent over by Paul McShane, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
13:35 The referee gives a free kick against Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink for handball. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
11:06 Assist on the goal came from Albert Riera.
11:06 GOAL - Fernando Torres:Liverpool 1 - 0 Hull Goal scored by Fernando Torres from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Hull.
9:21 The ball is sent over by Albert Riera, Stephen Hunt makes a clearance.
8:32 Glen Johnson produces a cross.
4:07 George Boateng fouled by Albert Riera, the ref awards a free kick. Paul McShane restarts play with the free kick.
2:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Deiberson Geovanni. Free kick crossed right-footed by Deiberson Geovanni.
1:10 The referee blows for offside. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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