Liverpool host Red Bull Salzburg tonight in their second game of the Champions League group stage (8pm BST). Here are the key stats and facts ahead of kickoff.
This game will see Anfield stage its 100th European Cup game. Of the previous 99 Liverpool have won 70 and lost 12 with 17 draws.
Liverpool are appearing in their 44th European campaign and their 24th in the continent’s major club competition.
This will be the first time the teams have ever met in European competition.
Salzburg will be Liverpool’s 129th different opponent and the 76th they have met in this competition.
Tonight’s opponents will be the fourth from Austria to face the Reds following Austria Vienna, Swarovski Tirol and AK Graz.
Liverpool have won four of the six meetings with Austrian teams, with one draw and a defeat.
Home Form the Key
The Reds have lost one of the last 27 at home in Europe and are unbeaten in the last 22 at Anfield.
Of the 22 they have won 16 with six draws, failing to score only twice.
Liverpool’s last home reversal was the 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in October 2014.
Mane & Keita’s Reunion
Sadio Mane played for Salzburg from 2012 to 2014 scoring 45 goals in 87 games in all competitions.
He scored three hat-tricks for the Austrians and was sent off four times.
Naby Keita played 81 games for this evening’s opponents (2014-2016) scoring 20 times.
The Fab Three
Firmino, Mane and Mo Salah have each scored 16 European goals for the Reds.
Mane’s tally has come in 28 appearances, one fewer than Salah while Firmino has played 42 times—a combined 48 goals in 99 games.
Steven Gerrard (30) has scored more European Cup goals for Liverpool than any other player. Next on the list are Salah 16, Firmino 15 and Mane 14. (Ian Rush also has 14).
Salah has scored 10 goals in 12 Champions League appearances at Anfield.
Only Gerrard (18 in 46 games) has scored more for the Reds on home turf in the competition. Firmino has eight in 12.
History vs. Salzburg
Liverpool have not conceded in their last five European games at Anfield since Paris Saint-Germain scored twice a year ago.
It is their best such run for more than 20 years.
The last time they kept a fifth home clean sheets in a row in Europe’s major competition prior to this sequence was in 1984.
They have never gone six.
Bobby’s Birthday Present
Firmino celebrates his 28th birthday today. He shares his birthday with Alisson who is a year younger.
Salzburg in the Champions League and England
This is Salzburg’s 15th season of Champions League football and their 23rd in major European competition.
They first competed in Europe in the 1971/72 UEFA Cup.
This will be the third occasion Salzburg have been drawn against English opposition.
They have lost both visits to England conceding five times without scoring.
This is their first appearance in the Champions League group stage since 1994/95. Since then they have lost in qualifying 13 times.
As Austrian champions they have qualified automatically taking the spare space left by virtue of the fact that last season’s finalists Liverpool and Tottenham both qualified automatically through their Premier League position.
Erling Braut Haaland
On matchday one Salzburg defeated Genk 6-2 at home with Erling Braut Haaland, son of former Leeds and Man City player Alf-Inge Haaland, scoring three times.
It was Haaland’s fourth hat-trick of the campaign and the first time in Champions League history that a player had scored a first-half hat-trick on debut in the competition.
In that game against Genk Haaland became only the third player to score in the first two minutes of his Champions League debut after Andreas Moller (1995) and Eliaquim Mangala in 2009.
He also became the third-youngest ever to score a Champions League hat-trick, aged 19 years 58 days, behind Raul and Wayne Rooney.
This Season’s Scorers
Liverpool: Mane 6, Salah 4, Firmino 3, Matip 2, own goals 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Hoever 1, Milner 1, Origi 1, van Dijk 1, Wijnaldum 1
Salzburg: Haaland 17, Daka 7, Hwang 5, Minamino 5, Koita 4, Okugawa 4, Andre Ramalho 3, Szoboszlai 3, Ashimeru 2, Farkas 2, Ulmer 2, own goals 1
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).