Daniel Sturridge’s birthday present and the unique record James Milner can set at Leicester

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Liverpool take on Leicester City on Saturday afternoon looking to keep their place at the top of the Premier League. Here are the key stats and facts before kickoff.

A Premier League First?

Liverpool have never won their opening four games of a Premier League campaign and have not done so since the 1990/91 season when they won all of their first eight matches and didn’t go on to win the title.

Their highest tally of points after four Premier League games is 10—they have achieved that four times, but not since 2013/14.

 

Alisson’s Tough Task to Match Reina

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 7, 2018: Liverpool's new signing goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates the first goal during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Should Alisson prevent Leicester from scoring he will become only the second ‘keeper in history to keep a clean sheet in each of his opening four league games of a Liverpool career.

The other man to achieve the feat was Pepe Reina in 2005.

Liverpool have kept one clean sheet in the last nine league visits to the King Power.

 

Happy Birthday to Danny?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 25, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge applauds the supporters after the 1-0 victory during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge celebrates his 29th birthday on the day of the game.

The last Reds player to score for the club on his birthday was…Daniel Sturridge—in a 1-0 home win over Man United in 2013.

He is one goal short of totalling 50 in the Premier League for Liverpool.

 

Liverpool’s Only Bosman Centurion

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 12, 2018: Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner could play his 100th league game for Reds since joining from Man City in 2015.

He will be the first Liverpool player to be signed on a Bosman transfer ever to reach the landmark.

 

The Foxes’ Missing Link

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, August 11, 2017: Leicester City's Jamie Vardy looks dejected as Arsenal score the winning fouth goal to seal a 4-3 victory during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In 2017/18 Jamie Vardy (20) and Riyad Mahrez (12) scored 32 of their team’s 56 league goals.

Vardy will miss this game as he is currently serving a three-match ban following his red card against Wolves at the King Power a fortnight ago. He has scored seven of Leicester’s last nine goals against the Reds.

Vardy has a career record of seven goals in his eight appearances against Liverpool.

Last season he became the first Leicester player since the 1930s to score in three successive home league games against the Reds.

 

Late Risers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 7, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp watches the pre-match warm-up before the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have won only three of their 13 matches under Jurgen Klopp that have kicked off at 12.30pm.

 

This Season’s Scorers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 12, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Leicester City: Fuchs (1), Ghezzal (1), Gray (1), Iborra (1), Iheanacho (1), Maddison (1), Maguire (1), Vardy (1), own goals (1)

Liverpool: Mane (3), Salah (2), Milner (1), Sturridge (1)

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