Can Mohamed Salah deliver Boxing Day treat for first back-to-back-to-back?

Liverpool are no strangers to delivering belated Christmas joy and we’re hoping for more of the same today, and Mohamed Salah could be crucial to that once more.

In all competitions, Mo Salah has five goals in his last five games against Villa.

And the Reds have won more times at Villa Park than they have at any other ground in the Premier League as the visiting team.

Plus, Liverpool have also scored more goals in their league history against Villa (334) than they have against any other team.


Boxing Day delight

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 26, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (R) celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mates captain Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The last time Liverpool played on Boxing Day was in 2019 when they came back from winning the Club World Cup to record a 4-0 victory at Leicester.

They have scored 13 goals in their last three Boxing Day fixtures and have kept five successive clean sheets on this day since a 2-1 defeat at Man City in 2013.

In total, this is Liverpool’s 91st Boxing Day fixture – they’ve won 43 and lost 23 of the previous 90, with 24 draws.

And these teams have met once before on Boxing Day with Liverpool winning 2-1 at Villa Park in 2001.


Best when ahead

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 12, 2022: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have won all 10 games this season in league and cup when they have scored the game’s first goal.

And they could win a third league game in succession for the first time this season after wins against Tottenham and Southampton.

But the Reds have kept one away clean sheet in the top-flight – at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby, with their only away league win of the campaign at Tottenham.


Could we see some landmark moments?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2022: Liverpool's Joe Gomez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Joe Gomez could play his 100th league game for Liverpool
  • Curtis Jones could make his 50th league appearance for the Reds
  • Last Reds hat-trick at Villa: Ian Rush (Jan 1984), Robbie Fowler (Nov 1998)


Klopp has Emery’s number?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 13, 2022: Villarreal's head coach Unai Emery during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg game between Liverpool FC and SL Benfica at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Villa sacked Steven Gerrard back in October following after 38 league games in charge, winning 12 and losing 18.

Since Unai Emery took over last month, Villa have won both league matches – defeating Man United 3-1 at home and winning 2-1 at Brighton.

Unai Emery has faced Klopp’s Liverpool seven times, he won his first as Sevilla boss in the 2016 Europa League final. But since then he has lost five of the six encounters, including both Champions League semi-final legs last season with Villarreal.


Klopp’s favourite ref…not

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 19, 2021: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp is spoken to by referee Paul Tierney after being shown a yellow card during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Today’s referee is Paul Tierney. He last reffed Liverpool in their 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest back in October.

Let’s hope he spreads more festive joy for Reds this time.


This Season’s Scorers

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 22, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the second equalising goal to level the score at 2-2 during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Aston Villa: Ings 6, Bailey 4, Watkins 3, Digne 2, Douglas Luiz 2, J. Ramsey 2, Buendia 1, Young 1, own goals 1

Liverpool: Salah 15, Firmino 9, Nunez 9, Diaz 4, Alexander-Arnold 3, Carvalho 3, Elliott 3, Matip 1, Van Dijk 1, own goals 2

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