Mohamed Salah chasing Ian Rush & Roger Hunt for 20th Liverpool goal in West Brom clash

13 December 2017

Liverpool take on West Brom in the Premier League on Wednesday night at Anfield. Here are the key stats and facts ahead of the Reds’ latest clash.

Salah Chasing Greatness

Mo Salah has scored nine times in his last eight league games. The Egyptian has 13 goals in the top flight this season.

His next will see him become the first player to score 14 times for the club in the top flight since Luis Suarez in 2013/14.

Should he score this evening only two players in the club’s history will have reached 20 goals in a season quicker than Salah in terms of date.

In 1986, Ian Rush netted his 20th goal on November 8 while Roger Hunt reached the landmark in 1961 on November 25.


Odds in Liverpool’s Favour

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 10, 2017: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates as Mohamed Salah scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton, the 229th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp‘s men are unbeaten in the 14 home games in all competitions (eight wins, six draws) since losing to Crystal Palace in April.

In that sequence they have won five and drawn five in the league.

Since suffering defeat at Tottenham in October the Reds have not lost in 10 league and cup matches.

West Brom have lost 18 of their last 23 visits in the league.

They have gone 14 league games without a victory since winning their opening two fixtures of the campaign.

The Baggies defeated Bournemouth 1-0 at home and then Hal Robson-Kanu scored the only goal at Burnley—a game in which he was later sent off.


Pardew’s Record Against the Reds

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Crystal Palace's manager Alan Pardew before the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alan Pardew will take charge of his fifth different club against Liverpool, following West Ham, Charlton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace. He has won five of 17 league games—losing nine.

He defeated Liverpool in his first game as Newcastle boss almost seven years to the day.

Pardew is one of only five men to take charge of at least five different Premier League clubs.


Guaranteed Goals?

West Brom's Ahmed Hegazy in action during the premier league match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date 25th September 2017. Picture credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

The Baggies have kept two clean sheets in their last 26 Premier League games away from home.

Home and away they have prevented the opposition from scoring in just one of their last 12 games in league and cup.

However, they have conceded just once in each of last five league games on the road.

They have conceded 10 goals in their last four Anfield visits.


Contribution From the Bench

There have only been two Liverpool substitutes who have scored against West Brom—Luis Garcia in the Midlands in December 2004 and Divock Origi at Anfield in 2015—both in the month of December.


Wednesday’s Referee

This evening’s referee is Paul Tierney. He has taken charge on one occasion in his career—the 0-0 Anfield draw with Plymouth in the FA Cup back in January.


This Season’s Scorers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the seventh goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah (19), Firmino (12), Coutinho (9), Mane (7), Can (4), Sturridge (3), Alexander-Arnold (2), Oxlade-Chamberlain (2), Henderson (1), Matip (1), Wijnaldum (1), own goals (2)

West Brom: Rodriguez (3), Rondon (3), Phillips (2), Robson-Kanu (2), Chadli (1), Evans (1), Field (1), Hegazi (1), Morrison (1), Yacob (1)

* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea.

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