Liverpool set to put Fortress Anfield to the test against free-scoring Man City

14 January 2018

Liverpool take on Premier League leaders Man City at Anfield on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side hoping to end the visitors’ almighty unbeaten run.


Steadfast at Anfield

No visiting team has scored more than once in the league at Anfield this season.

The Reds have conceded fewer at home (four) than any other Premier League team.

The Reds are unbeaten in the last 17 games in all competitions—the longest run since another unbeaten 18-match sequence from May to October 2008.

In those 17 matches the Reds have conceded just one first-half goal—that from Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in Anfield’s last league game.

 

City’s Merseyside Woes

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 13, 2014: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the third goal against Manchester City during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

City have won only once in their last 26 league visits. That came in May 2003 when Nicolas Anelka scored twice in a 2-1 win after Liverpool had led. Robbie Fowler also started for City that day.

Since that victory they have lost 10 and drawn four of the meetings at Anfield, taking four points from a possible 42.

They have not kept a clean sheet in their last 23 visits and only one in the last 37.

 

Klopp’s Challenge

Of all the teams who have played City at home this season only West Brom, (who lost 3-2) have scored more than once.

City have conceded seven times in the last 12 matches and only Crystal Palace have prevented the Citizens from scoring in the last 27 league games.

 

Goal Difference

The Reds’ goal difference is currently +25. It equals their best ever after 22 games of a Premier League season, set in 2013/14.

The 25 goals they have conceded is their lowest in the last six seasons at this stage.

 

Reunions, Moments & Milestones

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 27, 2008: Manchester City's Daniel Sturridge on his debut during the FA Cup 4th Round match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge, found the net five times in 21 league appearances for City at the start of his career. He is two goals short of reaching 50 in the league for Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino scored his first Liverpool goal at the Etihad in November 2015 in his side’s 4-1 win.

James Milner played in 147 league games for City netting 13 times. In all competitions he scored 18 goals in 203 appearances during his time with the club. His City debut came against Liverpool in August 2010 in a 3-0 win for the Blues.

Emre Can and Alberto Moreno both made their Reds debut at City in August 2014. The German international celebrated his 24th birthday two days before today’s encounter.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his Liverpool bow in last September’s reverse fixture.

Adam Lallana is in line to play the 400th game of his club career.

 

Red-Hot Raheem

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 31, 2016: Manchester City's Raheem Sterling argues with the assistant referee during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Raheem Sterling scored 23 goals in 129 games for Liverpool, scoring once against City (April 2014—the opening goal in a 3-2 win).

Sterling has scored in four of his side’s last five league games—he goes into this encounter as his team’s leading scorer in the league with 14.

In total he has found the net 18 times this season with 10 of those coming from the 80th minute onwards.

 

Mane’s Good Omen

No Liverpool player has ever been sent off in both league fixtures in the same season against the same team.

 

This Season’s Scorers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 30, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah (23), Firmino (16), Coutinho (12), Mane (8), Can (4), Alexander-Arnold (3), Oxlade-Chamberlain (3), Sturridge (3), own goals (2) Henderson (1), Klavan (1), Lovren (1), Matip (1), Milner (1), Van Dijk (1), Wijnaldum (1)

Man City: Aguero (19), Sterling (18), Jesus (10), Sane (9), De Bruyne (8), Otamendi (5), Silva (5), Bernardo Silva (3), Stones (3), Fernandinho (2), own goals (2), Danilo (1), Delph (1), Gundogan (1)

* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea.

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