STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Salah hunts more records as Reds eye top-four and an unbeaten home record

Liverpool host Stoke City at Anfield today, looking for a win that would keep them in control of a top-four finish this season.


Top Four Requirements

Liverpool require a maximum of 5 points from their remaining 3 games to guarantee Champions League football again next season.

The Reds are 8 points clear of 5th placed Chelsea (who have a game in hand) with the Reds having a far superior goal difference (+43 compared to +25) and with the teams due to meet at Stamford Bridge next weekend.


Recent Fixtures

Earlier this season at Stoke the Reds won 3-0 with goals from Sadio Mane (17 minutes) and substitute Mo Salah (77 & 83 minutes).

Last season in this fixture at Anfield Liverpool won 4-1 at Anfield with Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge amongst the scorers – the other an own goal. Sturridge had only been on the pitch for 56 seconds.

The Reds’ win at the bet365 Stadium back in November saw them record a third successive league victory in the Potteries for the first time.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Liverpoolís Sadio Mane scores the opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Liverpool have never lost to Stoke on this ground in the top-flight, winning 43 and drawing 11 of the 54 games played at Anfield.

City did, however, win here in the League Cup in 2016. The 1-0 success took the Semi-Final to a penalty shoot-out with Joe Allen (now with Stoke) scoring the decisive spot kick for the Reds.


Salah hunting more records

In the reverse fixture at Stoke in November Mo Salah became the ninth Reds player in history to come off the bench and score more than once in a league game.

24th April 2018, Anfield, Liverpool, England; UEFA Champions League football, semi final, 1st leg, Liverpool versus AS Roma; Mohamed Salah of Liverpool says a prayer as he takes to the field in front of the Kop

Salah could equal yet another club record today. Only 2 Reds players have found the net in 8 successive Anfield league games – Roger Hunt in 1961-62 and Fernando Torres in 2007-08. Salah has found the net in the last 7. He has not failed to find the net in the Premier League at home since Boxing Day against Swansea.

And the Egyptian requires one more goal this season to become Liverpool’s record scorer in a single Premier League campaign – beating the record of 31 currently set by Luis Suarez in 2013-14.

Should Salah register 3 goals in his remaining 3 games he will equal the Premier League record for most goals in a season (34) held by Andy Cole (Newcastle 1993-94) and Alan Shearer (Blackburn 1994-95).


Goals galore

Against Roma in midweek Liverpool scored 4 or more goals for the 13th time this season. That has only been bettered once before in the club’s history. In 1895-96 they did so 16 times.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (right) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game with Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) (Martin Rickett/EMPICS Sport)

In that game Mo Salah set a new club record by scoring in a 33rd different game this season, eclipsing Ian Rush‘s previous tally of 32 in 1983-84.

Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have scored 88 goals between them this season. In the last 21 games they have started as a trio they have netted 51 times with 19 coming in the last 6 matches.


Home comforts

Liverpool are undefeated in 17 home league games this season (11 wins and 6 draws) and in the last 19 in the top-flight since losing to Crystal Palace.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 14, 2018: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

They have won 7 and drawn one of the last 8 league games in front of the Kop after recording 3 successive stalemates with Chelsea, Everton and West Brom.

The Reds have kept 3 successive league clean sheets at home. The last time they kept 4 in succession at Anfield in the same league season December 2009 – February 2010.

Stoke have picked up 4 points from the last 32 visits to Anfield. All of them were 0-0 draws – Boxing Day 1970, September 2008, January 2012 and October of the same year.

* Stats thanks as ever to LFC statistician Ged Rea.

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