Can Reds Match Chelsea’s Feat?
The Reds’ start to 2018/19 couldn’t much have been more perfect in the league, with maximum points on the board, despite three tricky away fixtures.
Chelsea also managed it in 2005/06 on their way to the title, when they won their opening nine league games.
Incidentally, Liverpool have reached 18 points 43 days quicker than they did last season, and their seven-game winning streak is their longest since prevailing 11 times on the bounce in 2013/14.
Milestones For Salah & Mane?
Daniel Sturridge is another member of the ‘almost 50-goal’ camp, with the striker needing one more to reach 50 in the league for Liverpool.
No player has ever scored a hat-trick for the Reds at Stamford Bridge – what a time this would be for Salah, Mane or maybe even Sturridge to change that.
Should Gini Wijnaldum feature, as is expected, he will make his 100th appearance for Liverpool.
A victory for the Reds would be their 200th away win in the Premier League era and would see them win their opening four away league fixtures for just the second time in their history – 1990-91 being the other.
In Olivier Giroud, the Blues have someone who loves facing the Reds, with the Frenchman scoring six times in 12 appearances against them.
Liverpool have also failed to keep a clean-sheet in 14 league meetings with Chelsea since the 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in February 2011.
Despite the threat Chelsea pose, Liverpool have lost just one of the last seven league meetings, winning two and drawing four.
In the 21 away matches in which Roberto Firmino has scored, totalling 18 victories and 3 draws, Liverpool have never lost.
Klopp’s men may have come up short in west London last season, losing 1-0 to a Giroud effort, but it is one of only three defeats in the league in their last 35 fixtures.
Liverpool, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are the only three teams in Europe’s five major leagues to have a 100 per cent record this season.
Head to head: (League only)
Scorers this season (Premier League in brackets):
Liverpool: Mane 4 (4), Firmino 3 (2), Salah 3 (3), Sturridge 3 (1), Milner 2 (1), Matip 1 (1), Wijnaldum 1 (1), own goals 1 (1).
Chelsea: Hazard 6 (5), Pedro 3 (3), Willian 2 (1), Alonso 1 (1), Emerson 1 (0), Jorginho 1 (1), Kanté 1 (1), Morata 1 (1), own goals 1 (1).