Sadio Mane can set an incredible Premier League record on Saturday, if he features and Liverpool either win or draw with Newcastle at Anfield.
The No. 10 has been one of the Reds’ most important players since his £30 million move from Southampton in 2016, scoring 63 goals and laying on a further 23 in 128 games.
Thirty-three of those goals have come in the league at Anfield, where he had already scored once in the English top flight for the Saints.
Liverpool‘s 3-1 win over Arsenal last time out on Merseyside means Mane has not lost a league game at Anfield since moving to England in 2014—an unbeaten run of 50.
According to the league’s official website, that is the best record of any player in the history of the division, which was formed in 1992.
But with one of those games coming with Southampton, Mane can become the first player to not lose 50 home games for a single club in the Premier League if the Reds avoid defeat this weekend.
He is already comfortably ahead of Mohamed Salah (41) and ex-Chelsea defender Alex (41), with Jaap Stam (40) and Arjen Robben (35) making up the top five in terms of runs without a loss at a single stadium.
This is aided by Liverpool‘s incredible record of not having lost a Premier League game at Anfield since April 2017, when Crystal Palace won 2-1.
But it highlights how influential both Mane and Salah—who himself can move clear into second if Newcastle don’t win—have been since joining the club.
A win would also keep Jurgen Klopp‘s side top of the table, and with the Magpies’ only league win over Liverpool at Anfield coming in 1994, history is in their favour.