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How Liverpool can make history at Huddersfield – with Joe Gomez their good-luck charm

Liverpool travel to Huddersfield Town for their return to Premier League action this evening (5.30pm BST). Here are the key stats and facts ahead of kickoff.

Historic Evening

Should Liverpool keep a clean sheet in this match they will become the first Reds team ever to have conceded as few as three goals in the opening nine games of a league campaign.

Their best in the Premier League era is five in 2007/08.

If they avoid defeat Jurgen Klopp‘s men will have the best goal difference of any Liverpool team in the Premier League era.

It currently stands at +11 which they have done four times after nine games, latterly in 2007/08.

A victory will see them record 23 points from nine games which they have equalled only once in the Premier League (2008/09).

 

Two Double Centuries, Two Half Centuries

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 22, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts as Andy Robertson takes a throw-in during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

A win today will see Liverpool record their 200th away win of the Premier League era.

Andy Robertson could play the 200th league game of his career, having also played for Queen’s Park, Dundee United and Hull.

Sadio Mane is two goals short of recording 50 in the Premier League in his career so far with Southampton and Liverpool.

Mo Salah‘s next goal will be his 50th for an English club in all competitions.

 

Modern-Era Dominance

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 28, 2017: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Mohamed Salah [L] and Joel Matip [R] during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have now edged in front in head-to-head league clashes with Huddersfield, with 27 wins to 26 while they have scored 119 league goals to the Terriers’ 113.

The Reds are unbeaten in the last 11 league meetings home and away, winning eight and drawing three in a run dating back to 1959.

The Reds have won four and drawn one of their last five league visits to the Terriers.

 

Huddersfield’s Struggles Post-Shankly

Bill Shankly, 14-Apr-1964 (Picture by PA PA Archive/PA Images)

Town’s last win over Liverpool came at Leeds Road in November 1959 when a Les Massie goal settled a Division Two clash.

The hosts included future World Cup winner Ray Wilson and also British legend Denis Law. Within days Bill Shankly left Yorkshire to take charge at Anfield.

Huddersfield have not scored in any of the last seven meetings in all competitions, six in the league.

The last goal from a Town player came at Anfield in a 1-1 draw in April 1962, scored by future England Test cricketer Chris Balderstone.

The last goal scored by Town at home against the Reds came from Kevin McHale in a 2-1 defeat in November 1961.

They have failed to trouble the scorers in the last four meetings at Huddersfield.

 

Gomez’s Remarkable Record

Liverpool's Joe Gomez reacts during the Premier League match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. Picture date 25th August 2018. Picture credit should read: Matt McNulty/Sportimage via PA Images

Joe Gomez has played three times in his career against Huddersfield, the first with Charlton, and each time his team has won 3-0.

 

Failing to Fire

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 26, 2017: Huddersfield Town's manager David Wagner before the FA Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton at the John Smith's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Huddersfield have not scored in their last six home league matches and became only the third team in top-flight history to fail to find the net in their opening four home league fixtures of a campaign.

The others are West Brom in 1921/22 and Everton in 1998/99. Crystal Palace two weeks ago became the fourth.

Their last home league goal was scored by Tom Ince who hit a 91st minute winner against Watford on April 14.

Along with Crystal Palace they are the only team in the top four divisions to fail to score at home in the league this season.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 26, 2017: Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy during the FA Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton at the John Smith's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Huddersfield have scored four league goals this season and after eight games that was the lowest tally along with Cardiff.

In their last 18 Premier League fixtures they have scored seven times and have not scored more than once in a game since beating West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns in February with goals from Rajiv van la Parra and Steve Mounie.

 

This Season’s Scorers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Huddersfield: Billing (1), Jorgensen (1), Schindler (1), Stankovic (1)

Liverpool: Mane (4), Sturridge (4), Firmino (3), Salah (3), Milner (2), Matip (1), Wijnaldum (1), own goals (1)

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