Roberto Firmino out to eclipse Robbie Fowler by rekindling Arsenal hot streak

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Roberto Firmino could eclipse some of Liverpool’s greatest ever goalscorers by rekindling his hot streak against Arsenal, with a double required against the Gunners.

Firmino has scored more goals for Liverpool against Arsenal than he has done against any other team – he has eight, three more than against any other club. They have come in 11 appearances.

Only Robbie Fowler, Gordon Hodgson and Jack Parkinson in Liverpool’s history (all with 9) have ever scored more league goals against the Gunners than Firmino (8).

 

Home Comforts

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 12, 2020: Liverpool’s players in anthem jackets before the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are unbeaten at home in the last 60 league games (49 wins, 11 draws) and are closing in on club record of 63, set between 1978-81.

They’ve dropped only six points out of the last 120 at home in the league (winning 37 and drawing 3 of 40 matches).

And Liverpool have lost at home in the league under Jurgen Klopp four times in 92 outings.

 

Milestones in Reach

Mane and Salah (Image: Michael Regan/PA Wire/PA Images)

Liverpool require three goals to reach 400 in all league games under Jurgen Klopp – this will be his 185th match.

Mo Salah needs one goal to record 100 in his English club career and a hat-trick would see him record a century of goals for the Reds.

A total of eight different players have scored in Liverpool’s opening four games this season – a new club record.

This will be Klopp’s 50th Premier League game against the other ‘big-six’ clubs. He has lost eight.

 

Goals Galore

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2020: Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino celebrates after scoring an equalising goal to level the score at 1-1, his first goal for the club, during the FA Community Shield match between FA Premier League Champions Liverpool FC and FA Cup Winners Arsenal FC. The game was played behind closed doors. (Credit: Eddie Keogh/The FA)

The last eight Anfield meetings in all competitions have produced a staggering 44 goals while in the last 16 clashes at all venues 72 goals have been scored.

Liverpool have scored 25 times in the last seven league clashes on Merseyside – won the last four by margins of 3-1, 4-0, 5-1 and 3-1.

The Reds have kept one clean sheet in the last 14 Anfield encounters. There has been only one goalless draw in the last 42 league encounters.

The biggest home league win over Arsenal was in 1964, where the 5-0 victory clinched a league title success.

A total of 162 goals scored in Premier League encounters with Arsenal – the highest-scoring Reds fixture in the era.

 

Formbidable

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2020: Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp shakes hands with goal-scorer Sadio Mané after the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

No Liverpool player since Fernando Torres in 2007-08 has scored back-to-back league hat-tricks at Anfield for the Reds – the Spaniard netting 3 against Middlesbrough and West Ham. Only one other player since the war – Jack Balmer in November 1946 – has achieved the feat.

Mo Salah could yet equal the achievement.

Liverpool’s front three have scored five goals between them in the two league games so far this season – more than they have accumulated in any of the previous seasons they have been together.

 

Fastest to 400

Last weekend’s win at Chelsea meant that Jurgen Klopp reached 400 league points in fewer games than any other previous Liverpool manager. He did so in 184 matches, 13 fewer than Kenny Dalglish.

 

Gunners in Focus

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, August 11, 2017: Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alexandre Lacazette has found the net in both of Arsenal’s league games so far. The last to score in the opening three league games of a season for the club is Olivier Giroud (in a run of four) in 2013-14.

Lacazette’s goal against West Ham last weekend was his 50th for Arsenal in all competitions and in doing so he became the fourth Frenchman to reach this milestone for the club after Thierry Henry (228), Robert Pires (84) and Giroud (105).

Only Manchester United (25) have won more league visits to Anfield than Arsenal who have been successful on 24 occasions.

They have failed to score in only two of their last 19 trips to Anfield in the top-flight.

Not won away to one of the so-called big six in any of the last 27 Premier League meetings – since a victory at Manchester City in January 2015.

And they have finished outside the top four in each of the last four seasons. They have not done so in a fifth successive campaign since 1985/86.

 

This Season’s Scorers

LINCOLN, ENGLAND - Thursday, September 24, 2020: Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the fourth goal, his second, to make the score 4-0 with team-mate Virgil van Dijk (R) during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Lincoln City FC and Liverpool FC at Sincil Bank. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Minamino 3, Salah 3, Jones 2, Mane 2, Grujic 1, Origi 1, Shaqiri 1, Van Dijk 1

Arsenal: Aubameyang 2, Lacazette 2, Nketiah 2, Gabriel 1, own goals 1


* Statistics courtesy of LFC 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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