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Roberto Firmino’s chance to join 100 club as Liverpool seek away feat

This evening at Southampton, Liverpool will complete their away programme in the Premier League. They have taken 40 points from a possible 54 on the road.

A victory will see Liverpool record 13 away league wins to equal their second-highest ever tally in a single campaign.

They won 13 in 1904/05, 2008/09 and 2018/19, a tally only ever surpassed in 2019/20 (14).

Should they score five goals they will equal their highest total of away goals in a single season, having scored 48 in 2013/14.

If they score twice they will record 550 in the league under Jurgen Klopp and also hit the landmark of 250 in away league games.

 

Firmino to join the 100 club?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 17, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino needs two goals to become the 19th Liverpool player to reach 100 goals in a career in all competitions.

The other 18 includes Sadio Mane (119) and Mohamed Salah (155) from the current squad, with Divock Origi (41) the next closest.

Firmino has already scored two goals against Southampton, both coming in wins at St Mary’s.

 

Score first, never lose

2J6BM3T Liverpool's Naby Keita (centre) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game with team-mates Andrew Robertson (left) and Luis Diaz (right) during the Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Picture date: Saturday April 30, 2022.

Liverpool have not lost any of the 42 games this season in which they have scored the first goal of the game – 38 wins and four draws.

They are unbeaten in the last 16 games in all competitions (since a home defeat to Inter Milan in March) – winning 13 and drawing three – and in 17 in the league since defeat at Leicester on December 28.

 

Fab three

Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk, UK. 14th Aug, 2021. Premier League football, Norwich versus Liverpool; Diogo Jota of Liverpool celebrates with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after he scores for 0-1 in the 26th minute Credit: Action Plus Sports/Alamy Live News

This is only the sixth season that the Reds’ top three league scorers have all netted at least 15 goals (Mo Salah has 22, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane have 15 each).

The other five seasons were 1895/96, 1904/05, 1960/61, 1963/64 and 1987/88.

 

Unbeaten Ibou

Ibrahima Konate has yet to suffer defeat in any of the 26 games he has played for Liverpool.

 

Tonight’s referee

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, September 16, 2016: Referee Martin Atkinson during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Martin Atkinson will take charge of Liverpool for the 74th and final time before he hangs up his whistle at the weekend.

The 51-year-old has refereed Liverpool more times than any other club in history, with the Reds winning 36 of those – including all four games this season.

He has also shown Liverpool more straight red cards (six) than any other club, but five – Chelsea (14), Aston Villa (12), Crystal Palace (11), Man City (nine) and Arsenal (seven) – have been awarded more penalties than their six.

 

This season’s scorers

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 16, 2021: Liverpool's hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino celebrates with the match-ball at the end of the game, his last kick of the game was the fifth goal, completing his hat-trick, during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Southampton: Ward-Prowse 10, Broja 9, Adams 8, Elyounoussi 8, Bednarek 4, S.Armstrong 3, Walker-Peters 3, own goals 3, A.Armstrong 2, Long 2, Redmond 2, Romeu 2, Diallo 1, Livramento 1, Perraud 1, Salisu 1, Tella 1

Liverpool: Salah 30, Mane 22, Jota 21, Firmino 11, Minamino 9, Fabinho 8, Diaz 6, Origi 6, Keita 4, Henderson 3, Konate 3, Oxlade-Chamberlain 3, Van Dijk 3, Alexander-Arnold 2, Matip 2, Robertson 2, Thiago 2, own goals 2, Elliott 1, Gordon 1, Jones 1


* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).

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