Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday for the 75th time, having won 46 of the previous home encounters against the Blues – but none since 2012.
Last season at Anfield the teams played out a 1-1 draw. David Luiz with a free kick gave the Londoners a half-time lead but Gini Wijnaldum equalised on 57 minutes. Chelsea had the chance to win the game but Simon Mignolet saved a Diego Costa penalty 13 minutes from time.
It was the Belgian ‘keeper’s sixth save from 14 Premier League penalties. He has since added to his tally by keeping out a spot-kick from Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.
Premier League Past
There have been 50 Premier League meeting between the clubs with both teams having won 19 times.
At Anfield Liverpool have won 13, drawn 6 and lost 6 Premier League clashes with the Blues.
Patrik Berger scored Liverpool’s last hat trick against Chelsea at Anfield in October 1997 in a 4-2 win. He is one of 4 Reds hat-trick scorers in the league against the Londoners. The others were James Stewart in 1910, Fred Pagnam (1915) and Gordon Hodgson (1930).
Chelsea’s Anfield Recent Record
Liverpool have not beaten Chelsea at Anfield in the league since May 2012 when they recorded a 4-1 victory. Only Jordan Henderson of the 18-man squad that night is still at the club. Since then the Reds have drawn 3 and lost twice.
The last 2 Anfield league clashes have ended 1-1 (as did the League Cup Semi-Final meeting in January 2015).
Going For Trebles
Liverpool have won the last 3 league games by a 3 goal margin. Not since March 2014 had they accomplished the feat. A repeat today would see it happen 4 times in a row for the first time since the autumn of 1987.
The Reds last scored 3 or more goals in 4 consecutive league games during a sequence (February – March 2014) which lasted 6 matches.
19 of Liverpool’s 46 goals this season in all games have been scored in the opening half-hour.
* Stats thanks to LFC Statistician Ged Rea.