Henderson’s milestone match & the incredible dominance of Jurgen and Pep

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Liverpool face Man City at Anfield in the biggest Premier League game of the season so far; here are all the stats and facts ahead of kick-off.

 

Reds vs. City

The Reds have lost two of their last nine league meetings with City, both away from home.

Liverpool have lost eight of the last 38 league meetings home and away between the sides, and 10 of the last 53.

Since the inception of the Premier League Liverpool have won 19 of the 44 clashes with City winning nine, while at Anfield the Reds have won 15, drawn six and lost once.

Last season the Reds failed to score against City at Anfield for the first time in 25 league encounters – the previous occasion was in 1986.

 

Big memories

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 21, 2015: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the third goal against Manchester City during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino scored his first Liverpool goal against City at the Etihad in November 2015 in a 4-1 win.

The Brazilian has had a hand in seven Premier League goals against today’s opponents with four goals and three assists.

Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick for Southampton against City in May 2016, his team winning 4-2 at St. Mary’s. Virgil van Dijk was also in the Saints team.

 

Milestones

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Group E match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

Last weekend Trent Alexander-Arnold became the fourth-youngest player in Reds history to reach the milestone of 100 appearances for the club in all competitions. He was 21 years, 26 days. Only Michael Owen, Raheem Sterling and Robbie Fowler were younger.

Mane could make the 100th Premier League start for Liverpool. He has scored 17 goals in his last 16 Anfield league starts and has netted 20 times in the Premier League in 2019 in 29 appearances.

Jordan Henderson‘s next appearance will be his 250th in the league for Liverpool.

 

Jurgen vs. Pep

Klopp, Guardiola (Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Jurgen Klopp has beaten a Pep Guardiola team eight times during his career, inflicting more losses on the Spaniard than any other manager. They have met on 17 occasions.

Two seasons ago a Liverpool win here ended City’s 22-match unbeaten league run from the start of a campaign, while in January 2019 at the Etihad, City did likewise to the Reds after they gone the first 20 top-flight games without defeat.

After today Liverpool will have faced all five ‘Big Six’ rivals plus Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men will have faced Liverpool and Tottenham.

City and Liverpool between them have amassed 260 points from the last 303 Premier League points on offer.

 

Fortress Anfield

The Reds are unbeaten at Anfield in 45 league games, winning 35 and drawing 10. They have been behind for a total of 154 minutes, 51 of those coming against Tottenham a fortnight ago.

Liverpool have won 12 home league games in a row – their best in the Premier League era. Only three times in their history have they gone on a longer run, the most recent being in 1985 when they recorded 13 in succession.

The Reds are unbeaten in the last 28 league games home and away (winning 23 and drawing five). It is their third longest-ever league sequence without defeat.

 

At one end of the pitch…

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Since Divock Origi‘s winner against Everton last December, at least one of Roberto Firmino, Mane or Mo Salah has scored in every one of the 17 Anfield league games.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored four goals in his last three Liverpool starts.

Mane has scored 27 goals for Liverpool in this calendar year in all competitions, eight more than any other Reds player. Salah is next with 19.

 

…and at the other

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 4, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have conceded 11 goals in their last five home games in all competitions and have yet to keep a clean sheet at Anfield in eight games so far this campaign.

Their last clean sheet came against Wolves on the final day of the last league campaign.

The Reds have won each of the last 26 matches when scoring the game’s first goal, including the 5-5 thriller with Arsenal last month (on penalties).

 

City view

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 15, 2016: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero looks dejected during the 1-1 draw with Everton in the FA Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man City have kept one clean sheet in their last 25 visits and only two in the last 39.

Sterling has scored in 43 league games for City without ever finishing on the losing side, winning 41 and drawing two. He has scored in more games for a single club without ever losing than any other player in the Premier League era.

Sergio Aguero has scored seven times against Liverpool during his career – with all of them coming at the Etihad.

Today will see him play his 250th league game. He has scored nine goals from 10 shots on target in the league this season.

Guardiola has won 95 of his 125 Premier League games in charge of City.

City have received three red cards in the last 20 days (five games). Phil Foden was dismissed in the Champions League clash with Atalanta at the Etihad and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo suffered the same fate in the return in Italy. Fernandinho was sent off in the home win over Aston Villa.

 

This Season’s Scorers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 5, 2019: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (2nd from L) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and KRC Genk at Anfield. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Mane 10, Salah 8, Oxlade-Chamberlain 4, Firmino 3, Milner 3, Origi 3, own goals 3, Matip 2, Robertson 2, Wijnaldum 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Henderson 1, Hoever 1, Lallana 1, Van Dijk 1.

Man City: Sterling 14, Aguero 13, Gabriel Jesus 5, Bernardo Silva 4, Mahrez 3, Silva 3, De Bruyne 2, Gundogan 2, Otamendi 2, Foden 1, Rodri 1, Walker 1, own goals 1.

*Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea

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