Klopp hoping to hit the 400 mark & why Liverpool’s front three are on par with last season

16 March 2019

Liverpool face Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday; here are the key stats and facts surrounding the game ahead of kick-off.


Recent record

Overall in the Premier League Liverpool have won 17, drawn four and lost six of the 27 meetings, while at Fulham they have recorded eight victories while losing five.

There has yet to be a draw in their clashes in the Premier League era in London.

They have won five and lost two of their last seven visits to Fulham.

The Reds have won the last two league visits and look to complete a third successive win at Fulham for the first time.

The Reds have had four players red-carded against Fulham in the Premier League era: Josemi (2004), Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher (2009) and Jay Spearing (2011). All came at Craven Cottage.

 

Surprise weapon?

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 12, 2013: Liverpool's hat-trick hero Daniel Sturridge with the match-ball after his three goals helped the Reds come from behind to beat Fulham 3-1 during the Premiership match at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Eleven goals have been scored by Liverpool substitutes against Fulham. Only Stoke (13) have conceded more to players coming off the bench for the Reds.

Daniel Sturridge‘s only hat-trick for Liverpool came against Fulham at Craven Cottage in May 2013. It is his only hat-trick in senior club football.

Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have scored most times against the Londoners for Liverpool in the Premier League era. All have netted four times.

Only against Aston Villa and Newcastle has Sturridge found the net on more occasions for the Reds in the Premier League, doing so five times.

Daniel Sturridge‘s two away goals scored in the Premier league in the last 22 months have both come in London, at West Ham in May 2017 and at Chelsea last September.

 

Man in form

Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates scoring their second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield (James Wilson/Sportimage/PA Images)

Sadio Mane has scored four goals in his last three league games and eight in eight in the top-flight.

He has moved to within one goal of Mo Salah in both the league and all competitions this season.

Mane has 16 in the Premier League and 19 in total.

He has scored 10 goals for the Reds in 2019, one more than he netted before New Year.

 

Pivotal players

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 3, 2019: Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 233rd Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Fabinho has started 16 league games for Liverpool, with the Reds winning 12 and drawing four.

Virgil van Dijk has scored more goals in his last four Reds appearances (three) than he had scored in his previous 55 games for the club (two).

 

Super season

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 9, 2019: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates after his side's 4-2 victory during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After 30 games of this season’s league campaign Liverpool have, compared to the same stage of any previous Premier League season, their best goal difference (+51), their fewest conceded goals (17), most points (73) and hold their joint-highest league position (second).

A victory will see them beat last season’s points total for the whole of the 38-match campaign (75).

Their current tally of 73 beats their total in 18 previous complete Premier League seasons.

Only four times in the 28-season Premier League era have they beaten 76 points.

 

Not as effective?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 9, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season the Reds’ front three scored 57 goals in the whole of the league campaign with Mo Salah scoring 32, Roberto Firmino 15 and Mane 10.

They currently have a combined tally of 44, which is only one fewer than they had mustered after 30 games of last season.

Salah has scored one goal in Liverpool’s last nine games in all competitions and none in the last six.

He is one goal away from scoring 50 in the league for Liverpool in fewer games than any other player in the club’s history. This will be game number 67 and the record is currently held by Fernando Torres (72 matches).

Liverpool are four goals short of recording 400 under Jurgen Klopp in all competitions—this is his 196th game in charge.

 

View from below

Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon in action during the championship match at Craven Cottage Stadium, London. Picture date 6th March 2018. Picture credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

Fulham have lost all 10 of their games against the top six this season, scoring six times and conceding 30.

This is Fulham’s first season in the top flight following four successive Championship campaigns. They had been a Premier League club from 2001-14.

When scoring at Cardiff last October, Ryan Sessegnon became the first player born in the 2000s to score a Premier League goal.

Ryan Babel made 146 appearances for the Reds, scoring 22 times, from 2007-11.

Lazar Markovic scored three times in 34 Liverpool games and joined Fulham from the Reds in the January transfer window and has made a single appearance as a substitute for Fulham, in the defeat at West Ham.

Scott Parker is in charge of the club until the end of the season following the end of Claudio Ranieri’s 106-day tenure at Craven Cottage. The Italian won three of his 17 games as Fulham coach.

Fulham have lost nine of their last 10 league games and have suffered six top-flight defeats in a row for the second time this season.

The Cottagers have conceded 68 goals this season, more than any other team in the division.

 

Scorers this season

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 9, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first equalising goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah 20, Mane 19, Firmino 13, Shaqiri 6, Milner 5, Sturridge 4, van Dijk 4, Origi 3, Wijnaldum 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Fabinho 1, Lovren 1, Matip 1, own goals 2.

Fulham: Mitrovic 10, Schurrle 6, Kamara 5, Chambers 2, R. Sessegnon 2, Ayite 1, Babel 1, Bryan 1, Christie 1, De La Torre 1, Odoi 1, Seri 1, Vietto 1, own goals 1.


* All statistics courtesy of Liverpool statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).

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