Steve Bruce was delighted for Eldin Jakupovic as the goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in a goalless draw at Liverpool.
Liverpool failed to score at home for the second straight game as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Hull City in a lacklustre game at Anfield.
Hull manager Steve Bruce has leapt to the defence of under-fire Liverpool new-boy Mario Balotelli, saying the Italian striker appears to be "a bit of a whipping boy".
Misfiring striker Mario Balotelli is likely to keep his place for the visit of Hull as manager Brendan Rodgers has limited options up front.
Liverpool return to Premier League action against Hull City aiming to bounce back from their midweek Champions League humbling at home to Real Madrid.
Hatem Ben Arfa, on a season-long loan at Hull City, admits to having only thought about himself in the past.
Hull manager Steve Bruce could be without key players Nikica Jelavic and Michael Dawson for up to six weeks due to injuries they sustained at the weekend.
Danny Welbeck netted a stoppage-time equaliser as injury-hit Arsenal fought back to draw 2-2 with Hull City in their Premier League clash at the Emirates.