Firmino & Mane could surpass Fowler & Heskey as Liverpool seek Anfield record

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Liverpool host Leicester at Anfield on Sunday evening, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane able to break records set by ex-Reds strikers Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey.

Firmino has five goals against the Foxes, equalling Fowler’s club record of most Premier League goals in meetings with Leicester.

One more would see him become the Reds’ all-time leading goalscorer against Leicester in the Premier League era.

Meanwhile, Mane could become the first Liverpool player to score in three successive home league games against Leicester since Heskey did so for a third successive campaign in 2003/04.

Diogo Jota could become the first Liverpool player to score in each of his first four home top-flight appearances.

 

Two all-time Liverpool records at stake

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 12, 2020: Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up 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)

Avoid defeat today, and Liverpool will set a new outright club record of 64 home league games unbeaten at Anfield.

They also went 63 from 1978 to 1981 until they were beaten 2-1 by Leicester, who had trailed in the game.

If they score today the Reds will also set a new outright club record of scoring in 39 successive top-fight league matches at home.

 

Vardy party

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 1, 2019: Leicester City's Jamie Vardy during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Everton FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jamie Vardy is one of eight men to have scored seven Premier League goals against Liverpool (in 11 appearances).

Only two men have scored more: Andy Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (eight).

Vardy has scored 38 Premier League goals against teams from the established ‘big six’ since August 2014 – netting against Arsenal (11), Man City (eight), Liverpool (seven), Tottenham (five), Man United (four) and Chelsea (three).

This season he has scored three at City and the winner at Arsenal.

 

Foxes on form

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 26, 2019: Leicester City's Harvey Barnes during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 18 points at this stage is Leicester’s best start to a top-flight season and their best start to any season since 2008/09, when they picked up 19 points from the first eight League One fixtures.

They go into this fixture having won each of their opening four away games of a league season for the first time in their 116th season of league football.

Home and away they have won the last six in all competitions, scoring 15 while conceding two.

 

Brendan’s return

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 5, 2019: Leicester City's manager Brendan Rodgers during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brendan Rodgers was in charge at Anfield for up to October 2015 winning 85 of his 166 matches in all competitions. He won 63 of his 122 Liverpool fixtures in the Premier League.

He has won 29 of 56 league games for his current employers.

 

This Season’s Scorers

Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Peter Powell/PA Wire/PA Images)

Liverpool: Salah 10, Jota 7, Mane 5, Minamino 3, Jones 2, Grujic 1, Firmino 1, Origi 1, Robertson 1, Shaqiri 1, Van Dijk 1, own goals 1

Leicester: Vardy 9, Barnes 3, Iheanacho 3, Tielemans 3, Maddison 3, Praet 2, Castagne 1, Choudhury 1, Justin 1, own goals 1

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