Anfield set for another goal glut as Liverpool aim for milestone win over Newcastle?

3 March 2018

Liverpool take on Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday as they bid for a top-four Premier League finish. Here are the key stats ahead of the clash.


Guaranteed Goals?

The Reds have found the net in 18 of the last 21 home and away league meetings and have found the net in each of the last 21 Anfield clashes.

There has not been a goalless draw in any of the last 63 league meetings between the teams—a run dating back to February 1974 and a meeting in the north east.

At Anfield there has been only one game in the last 54 league and cup meetings which has failed to produce a goal.

That came in February 1970 and there has not been a goalless draw in the 38 clashes since.

 

Favourable History

The Reds have scored 89 goals against Newcastle in the Premier League (more than any other team) and 140 have been scored between the clubs, only Tottenham (149) and Arsenal (147) have produced more.

Liverpool have won more home games against Newcastle (17) than against any other team in the Premier League era.

 

Ex-Magpies

Wigan, England - Sunday, February 25, 2007: Newcastle United's James Milner looks dejected as they fail to score a goal against Wigan Athletic during the Premiership match at the JJB Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner played 136 times for Newcastle scoring 11 goals during a spell on Tyneside from 2004-08.

Gini Wijnaldum scored 11 goals in 40 games for Newcastle in his one season at St. James’, with all of the goals coming on his home ground.

In that 2015/16 league campaign he was an ever-present, starting 36 of the 38 games and appearing twice as a substitute, one of which was on their visit to Anfield.

 

Another Salah Record?

Mo Salah has now scored in his last six Liverpool games. The last man to go one better was Daniel Sturridge who found the net for the seventh successive Reds match in February 2014.

If Salah scores he will equal another club record—this time by finding the net in a 19th Premier League game of a campaign to equal the landmark set by Robbie Fowler (1994/95) and Daniel Sturridge (2013/14).

 

Milestone Evening

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 30, 2017: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates his side's late 2-1 victory over Burnley during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Should the Reds find the net twice today they will reach the landmark of 200 league goals under Jurgen Klopp. Today will be his 97th top-flight game in charge of the club.

A victory in this game will see Liverpool record a 300th Premier league victory at Anfield.

 

Rafa’s Return

Rafa Benitez took charge of Liverpool 350 times in all competitions, winning 197 and losing 79. In the Premier League he won 126 of 228 games for a win ratio of 55 percent.

The former Liverpool manager has never lost to Liverpool in five meetings as a manager, winning twice with Valencia and drawing once with Chelsea and twice with the Magpies.

 

Ex-Reds

BERNE, SWITZERLAND - Thursday, September 20, 2012: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring the fifth goal against BSC Young Boys during the UEFA Europa League Group A match at the Wankdorf Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jonjo Shelvey played 69 times for Liverpool in all competitions from 2010-13 scoring seven goals.

Javier Manquillo joined Liverpool on a two-year loan from Atletico Madrid in August 2014 though he returned to his parent club a year later. He made 19 appearances for Liverpool in total (10 in the league), without scoring.

 

Today’s Referee

Today’s man in charge is Graham Scott. He has refereed Liverpool three times in the past with the Reds winning them all, most recently the 5-1 victory at Brighton last December.

He has taken charge of the Magpies three times too, and they have never lost.

 

This Season’s Scorers

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Youth League Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah (31), Firmino (22), Mane (13), Coutinho (12), Can (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (4), Alexander-Arnold (3), Sturridge (3), own goals (2), Henderson (1), Klavan (1), Lovren (1), Matip (1), Milner (1), Van Dijk (1), Wijnaldum (1)

Newcastle: Gayle (5), Joselu (4), Perez (4), Lascelles (3), Atsu (2), Clark (2), Diame (2), Mitrovic (2), Aarons (1), Hayden (1), Merino (1), Murphy (1), Ritchie (1), Saivet (1), Shelvey (1), own goals (1)


* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea.

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