As Liverpool seek their seventh European Cup as they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final, the club’s best-ever winning record is also up for grabs.
Liverpool could record their 50th victory of the campaign tonight, their most ever in a single season.
Their previous best was 43 in 2019/20.
The Reds are three goals short of recording 150 this season.
The Fab Three
Mo Salah has scored 31 goals this season.
Only once, in his first season (44 goals in 2017/18), has he scored more in a single campaign. He also scored 31 goals last season.
In the Champions League, Salah has scored 34 times in 58 appearances for Liverpool.
Mane has scored in each of his last 3 European starts.
Only Carlo Ancelotti, with his fifth today, has appeared in more.
If Liverpool lift the trophy tonight, Germany will be the first country to produce four successive European Cup-winning managers.
Klopp has faced Real Madrid nine times during his career, winning three, losing four and drawing two – the first six being with Borussia Dortmund.
Eight players are in line to play their third European Cup final in five seasons with Liverpool
Liverpool have used 28 different players in this season’s competition, producing 11 different scorers.
Thiago’s dodgy record!
Thiago has been on the winning side against Real once in 13 career appearances, scoring twice in total.
The victory came in the Copa del Rey while with Barcelona in 2012.
Marcelo, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Gareth Bale and Isco have all played in Real’s last four final wins, with Marco Asensio, Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Nacho also playing against Liverpool in 2018.
Benzema has scored four goals in five appearances against Liverpool.
Modric has won nine of 13 games against Liverpool and seven of the last nine. He has not lost in the last nine.
Kroos has won four of his five games against Liverpool, drawing the other.
Bale has played 12 times against Liverpool scoring three times, including two in the 2018 Champions League final, and Eden Hazard has scored seven times in 18 appearances against Liverpool in all games.
Benzema is the Champions League’s leading scorer this season with 15 goals, two more than Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
The tally includes an 18-minute hat-trick against PsG in the round of 16, and he scored three times in 26 minutes at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the quarter-finals.
In doing so he became only the fourth player in the Champions League era to score a hat-trick in back-to-back games.
Benzema has scored 16 goals against English opponents in just 22 appearances – the highest number he has scored against a single nation.
He has 87 goals in 144 European club games in his career, all but one of those coming in this competition.
In all games this season, Benzema has missed four of his 13 penalties – including twice in the same game at Osasuna last month.
He has scored 44 goals in his 45 games this season, averaging a goal every 87 minutes.
Ancelotti’s Liverpool connection
Should Real win this game, Ancelotti will become the first coach ever to win the European Cup four times, having previously done so in 2003, 2007, and 2014.
Ancelotti has managed against Liverpool 16 times in his career, winning eight and losing five.
His teams have conceded only 12 times in total. His last game saw Everton win 2-0 at an empty Anfield during the Covid-afflicted season of 2020/21.
Clement Turpin (FRA) was the fourth official in the 2018 Champions League final between the two clubs.
He has refereed Liverpool third times – they have won two and drawn the other, the last match being the ‘home’ leg of the tie with RB Leipzig in last season’s round of 16, played in Budapest.
He was in charge of Real’s 3-1 win at Chelsea in this season’s quarter-final.
This season’s scorers
Liverpool: Salah 31, Mane 23, Jota 21, Firmino 11, Minamino 10, Fabinho 8, Diaz 6, Origi 6, Keita 4, Henderson 3, Konate 3, Matip 3, Oxlade-Chamberlain 3, Van Dijk 3, Robertson 3, Alexander-Arnold 2, Thiago 2, own goals 2, Elliott 1, Gordon 1, Jones 1
Real Madrid: Benzema 44, Vinicius Jr. 21, Asensio 12, Rodrygo 9, Alaba 3, Kroos 3, Vazquez 3, Modric 3, Nacho 3, Camavinga 2, Militao 2, Isco 2, Mendy 2, own goals 2, Bale 1, Carvajal 1, Casemiro 1, Diaz 1, Hazard 1, Jovic 1, Valverde 1
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).