Liverpool’s best defensive run in 13 years & how Sadio Mane can match Michael Owen

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Liverpool host Burnley at Anfield on Sunday knowing they need to get back to winning ways. Here are all the best stats and facts ahead of the game.

Fixture history

In the nine Premier League clashes Liverpool have won seven with one draw and a loss, scoring 19 times while conceding six.

At Anfield in that time they have recorded three victories and a draw.

Liverpool have lost only three of the last 23 league meetings home and away.

The Reds have found the net in nine of the last 10 matches played against the Clarets in the league.

There has been one goalless draw at Anfield in 41 league meetings—that came in December 1920. There have been only three draws in total between the clubs.

 

Milestone men

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 3, 2019: Liverpool's Andy Robertson takes a throw-in during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 233rd Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

Andy Robertson celebrates his 25th birthday the day after this game. He could make his 50th league appearance for the Reds against Burnley.

Only three Scottish players have previously reached the landmark for Liverpool in the Premier League era: Dominic Matteo (127), Steve Nicol (67) and Gary McAllister (55).

Sadio Mane has now scored in Liverpool’s last five home league games, only the eighth occasion a Reds player has achieved the feat in the Premier League.

Should he score against Burnley Mane will join Michael Owen on six, with only Luis Suarez and Mo Salah (seven each) and Fernando Torres (eight) having a longer sequence.

Mane has scored 48 goals in all competitions during his Reds career. He would become the 56th player in the club’s history to reach 50 if he nets a brace.

 

Keep the clean sheets coming

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, December 21, 2018: Liverpool's goal-scorer Virgil van Dijk celebrates with team-mates Andy Robertson (R) and goalkeeper Alisson Becker (L) after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alisson has kept nine top-flight clean sheets at Anfield this season and home and away he has 17.

Going into this weekend’s round of fixtures he was three ahead of Manchester City‘s Ederson in the race for the Golden Glove.

Those 17 clean sheets have now equalled the tally for the club in the whole of last season.

They have kept five in a row in all competitions for the first time since December 2006. They last recorded a sixth in succession in December 2005, a run which was extended to 11.

 

Mo’s final shot at equalling a league record

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

Mo Salah 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 66 and the record is currently held by Fernando Torres (72 matches).

He needs to score in this match to equal the Premier League record for reaching 50 in fewest games for a single club, a record held by Alan Shearer while he was with Blackburn (66 games).

Salah has gone four games since his last goal, in the 3-0 home win over Bournemouth a month ago.

He has never failed to score in three successive Anfield appearances.

 

Shoot!

Liverpool have scored in one of their last four games—when they put five past Watford in their last Anfield appearance.

 

Claret view

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Thursday, August 16, 2018: Burnley's manager Sean Dyche during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Burnley FC and ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Burnley‘s season began on 26th July, only 11 days after the World Cup Final, and today will see them play their 39th game of the campaign.

In the last 15 Anfield encounters in league and cup the Clarets have scored a total of four goals.

Peter Crouch played 134 times for Liverpool, scoring 42 times during his spell at Anfield from 2005-08.

He has previously faced the Reds with five different teams during his career. He has amassed a total of 201 goals for all of his English league clubs.

The Clarets have scored the first goal of the game in each of their last two visits to Anfield.

Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood have scored all of Burnley‘s last nine away league goals. They are also the only players to find the net for Sean Dyche’s men in their last eight fixtures.

 

Scorers this season

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 19, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane (R) celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mate Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah 20, Mane 15, Firmino 11, Milner 5, Shaqiri 6, Sturridge 4, Origi 3, van Dijk 3, Wijnaldum 2, own goals 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Fabinho 1, Lovren 1, Matip 1

Burnley: Barnes 10, Wood 10, Vokes 4, Cork 3, Tarkowski 3, Berg Gudmundsson 2, Hendrick 2, Vydra 2, Gibson 1, Lennon 1, Long 1, McNeil 1, own goals 1


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

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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