Alisson’s rare clean sheet target as Liverpool aim for 365 days unbeaten in Premier League

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Alisson can produce a rare clean sheet feat as Liverpool host Sheffield United tonight aiming to go 365 days unbeaten in the Premier League.

Alisson’s Rarity

Alisson could make his 50th league appearance for the Reds. So far, he has kept 25 clean sheets in the top flight.

Liverpool have kept six clean sheets in their last eight games in league and cup and in each of the last four in the league.

They last kept a fifth successive league clean sheet in September 2007.

 

Liverpool’s Unbeaten Run

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 30, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (C) celebrates scoring the second goal, his second of the game, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten at Anfield in 50 league games, winning 40 and drawing 10.

They have been behind for a total of 154 minutes, 51 of those coming against Tottenham in October.

They are unbeaten in the last 36 league games (31 wins, five draws).

The loss at Man City 364 days ago is the Reds only top-flight loss in the last 58 top-flight matches.

 

Score First, Don’t Lose

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

The Reds have won each of the last 37 games in which they have scored the first goal, including the penalty shootout victory over Arsenal in the League Cup.

They are unbeaten in league and cup in the last 51 games (48 wins, three draws) when scoring the first goal since losing to Chelsea at Anfield in the League Cup last season.

 

No Going Easy

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, August 9, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the second goal during the opening FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have won all 11 home Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp against newly promoted teams, scoring 33 times and conceding four.

Hone and away that unbeaten run against newly promoted teams stretches to 17 matches, winning 16 and drawing once.

 

Hendo’s Next Milestone

Jordan Henderson’s next start will be his 300th for Liverpool in all competitions.

 

United’s Record at Anfield

Liverpool, England - Saturday, February 24, 2007: Liverpool's Robbie Fowler celebrates scoring the opening goal against Sheffield United from a penalty kick with his team-mate Mark Gonzalez, as goalkeeper Patrick Kenny looks dejected during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

United’s win on their last league visit to Anfield was not enough to prevent them from being relegated in 1993/94 when Jostein Flo scored twice in the second half after Ian Rush had given Liverpool a fourth-minute lead.

That is United’s only win at the ground in the last 13 games in all competitions and last 10 in the league.

They have lost 19 of their last 24 league visits with three successes in that spell.

Their biggest win on this ground came in February 1898 when they won 4-0 in only their third visit to Anfield on the way to winning their only top-flight league title.

 

A Very Different Blades

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 21, 2019: Sheffield United's Lys Mousset (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Oliver McBurnie during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Sheffield United FC at Goodison Park. Sheffield United won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

United this season became only the second promoted team in English top-flight history to remain unbeaten in their opening nine away matches—emulating Burnley in 1947/48, who went 10.

That run came to an end at Man City last Sunday. It was their first away defeat in any competition since January (1-0 at Swansea in the Championship), ending a run of 18 consecutive games without a loss on the road.

United have won three of their 10 away games in the league this season—2-0 at Everton, 2-1 at Norwich and 1-0 at Brighton.

They have conceded only nine times on the road this season—second only to Liverpool’s five.

Since their defeat at home to Liverpool in September the Blades have been beaten only twice in the last 13 fixtures.

 

This Season’s Scorers

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - Thursday, September 26, 2019: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (C) celebrates scoring the only goal of the game with team-mate Roberto Firmino (R) during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Mane 14, Salah 13, Firmino 8, Origi 5, Oxlade-Chamberlain 5, Milner 4, Keita 3, Van Dijk 3, Wijnaldum 3, own goals 3, Alexander-Arnold 2, Matip 2, Robertson 2, Fabinho 1, Henderson 1, Hoever 1, Lallana 1, Lovren 1, Shaqiri 1

Sheffield United: Mousset 5, Fleck 4, Lundstram 3, McBurnie 3, Baldock 2, Norwood 2, own goals 2, Robinson 1, Sharp 1, Stearman 1, Stevens 1


Statistics courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).

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