How Alisson can emulate Bruce Grobbelaar & Pepe Reina vs. Brighton

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Liverpool take on Brighton on Saturday looking to make it nine points from nine in the Premier League. Here are the key stats and facts ahead of kickoff.

History Favours the Reds

In all competitions Liverpool have won 15, drawn eight and lost four of 27 meetings with Brighton. At home the Reds have won nine and drawn three with two defeats.

In the 14 Anfield meetings in all competitions Liverpool have scored 38 times while conceding 12.

The only goalless draw between the teams came in a league fixture at Brighton in September 1961.

The Reds have scored in all but two of the 18 league clashes.

Liverpool have won each of the last five clashes with Brighton in league and cup and are unbeaten in the last seven since losing on the south coast in the FA Cup in 1984.

In those seven games the Reds have scored 26 times.

 

Four Score & Two Years Ago

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 12, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane [#10] celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool last scored four or more in their opening two home league fixtures of a campaign in 2016/17 (four against Leicester and four vs. Hull).

It is the only time they have achieved the feat in the top flight since 1922/23.

Should they score four in this game it will be the first time since January-February 2014 that they done so in three successive home league games.

In that sequence they put four past Everton and Swansea and registered five against Arsenal.

 

20 Not Out?

The Reds have scored 19 Premier League goals at Anfield without reply—their best since they hit 20 in a row in 1987/88 since West Ham scored here in February.

It is 22 in succession against English clubs if you include the Champions League clash with Man City.

 

Alisson’s Challenge

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 4, 2018: Liverpool's new signing goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates the first goal during the preseason friendly match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at Landsdowne Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Only three Liverpool goalkeepers in the last 51 seasons have kept a clean sheet in each of the opening three league games of a campaign—Bruce Grobbelaar, Pepe Reina and Simon Mignolet (who did so twice).

Alisson could add to that list if he shuts Brighton out in this fixture.

 

Brighton’s Troubles On the Road

In 2017/18 Brighton scored 10 goals away from home, the same as West Brom. That tally was the lowest of all other teams in all four divisions.

They won twice on the road in the top flight last season—at West Ham in October (3-0) and at Swansea (1-0) a month later with Glenn Murray scoring in both.

Since that victory at Swansea they have drawn four and lost 10 on the road, scoring five times and failing to score in 10 of those games.

Brighton failed to score in 12 of their 19 away league games last season.

 

Mane Gunning For God’s Record

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 13, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane is the first Reds player to score three goals in the opening two league games of a season since Robbie Fowler netted four in 1994/95.

Mane has scored 14 goals in his last 19 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.

Should he find the net in this game it will be the first time he has scored in four successive Reds games.

 

This Season’s Scorers

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

Brighton: Duffy (1), Gross (1), Murray (1)

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