Jurgen Klopp marks Premier League century against Liverpool’s worst-ever manager

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Jurgen Klopp celebrates his 100th Premier League game with Liverpool in Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace. Here are all the key stats and facts.

Klopp’s Century

This will be Jurgen Klopp‘s 100th league game in charge of the Reds. He has overseen 53 victories in the previous 99.

 

Last Time at Selhurst

Last season Liverpool recorded a 4-2 victory at Selhurst Park. The Reds had four different scorers—Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino with James McArthur twice equalising with headers.

It was the first time both centre-backs had scored in the same league game for the club since 1968.

The Reds have won the last two visits to Selhurst Park—they have never won three in a row at the ground in the league though have emerged victorious in their last three away clashes in all competitions.

 

Karius’ Challenge

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 10, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius looks dejected during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have kept one clean sheet in the last 14 league and cup meetings with Palace home and away, and the one they kept back in August was their first in the league since 1997.

At Selhurst Park Liverpool have kept one clean sheet in the last 10 league visits—a 3-0 victory in 1997.

 

Clyne’s Return

Nathaniel Clyne played 137 times for Palace in four seasons scoring once before joining Southampton in 2012.

He last played for the Reds on the final day of last season in the 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

 

Will Salah Surpass Drogba?

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

Mo Salah is one goal away from equalling the Premier League record of most goals scored in a season by an African player. Didier Drogba found the net for Chelsea on 29 occasions in 2009/10.

The Egyptian has scored 10 goals in his last seven league appearances.

 

A Promising Omen

Liverpool have not suffered successive away league defeats since February 2017 when they went down at Hull and Leicester.

Each time this season that the Reds have lost on the road in the league, they have won the next time they have gone away from home.

Last season on the way to clinching a top-four finish Liverpool won their last four away games, conceding only once.

The Reds are aiming to record back-to-back top-four finishes for the first time since 2008/09.

 

Ex-Reds at Palace

HONG KONG, CHINA - Saturday, July 22, 2017: Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at the Hong Kong International Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Christian Benteke played 42 times for Liverpool in his one season at Anfield, scoring 10 times. He netted nine goals in 29 league appearances.

In his nine career games against the Reds he has scored seven times including both in Palace’s 2-1 Anfield win last season.

He has netted six in the league—only eight players have scored more against Liverpool in the Premier League era.

Mamadou Sakho could face Liverpool for the first time since leaving Anfield. He played 80 times for the Reds in all competitions, scoring three times.

Martin Kelly played 62 times for the Reds during his time at Anfield, scoring once.

Diego Cavalieri, signed by Palace recently, played 10 times for Liverpool (2008-2010), though none were in the Premier League.

 

Liverpool’s Worst-Ever Manager?

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 11, 2010: Liverpool's manager Roy Hodgson before his side's embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Newcastle United during the Premiership match at St James' Park. (Photo by: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As Liverpool manager from July 2010 to January 2011 Roy Hodgson won 13 of 31 games in charge losing 10, including a League Cup penalty shootout to Northampton. In the league he won seven of 20.

Hodgson will be the fourth different Palace manager to face the Reds in the last four meetings following Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce and Frank de Boer.

Hodgson has managed in 10 games against Liverpool, winning three, drawing four and losing three while with Blackburn, Fulham and West Brom.

His last win came in his last game when he steered West Brom to a 1-0 victory at Anfield in April 2012.

 

Palace’s Poor Record

Palace have won four times at home this season in the league—defeating Chelsea (2-1), Stoke (2-1), Watford (2-1) and Burnley (1-0).

They have been beaten 15 times in the top-flight this season, but nine of those have been by an odd goal.

Palace have kept one clean sheet in the last eight league games, conceding 15 goals in that sequence.

Only once before this season have they kept successive clean sheets: November/December against Brighton and West Brom.

 

This Season’s Scorers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Crystal Palace's goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey looks dejected as Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the winning goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Crystal Palace: Milivojevic (8), Sako (6), McArthur (5), Zaha (4), Benteke (2), Tomkins (2), Townsend (2), Van Aanholt (2), Dann (1), Loftus-Cheek (1), Sakho (1), own goals (1)

Liverpool: Salah (36), Firmino (23), Mane (14), Coutinho (12), Can (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (4), Alexander-Arnold (3), Sturridge (3), Henderson (1), Klavan (1), Lovren (1), Matip (1), Milner (1), Van Dijk (1), Wijnaldum (1), own goals (3)

* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea.

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