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Salah and Firmino’s chance to break the duck as Liverpool eye continued dominance on the road


Liverpool can continue to flex their muscles on the road and at the top of the Premier League table when they meet bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

 

Time to Turn Fortunes Around

Liverpool have lost more times at Old Trafford in the Premier League era (16) than at any other venue.

Since their last victory at Old Trafford in March 2014 the Reds have drawn two and lost three of five visits, winning only 16 times on this ground in the league in 86 visits.

The Reds have scored more than once in a game against United only twice in the last 16 league meetings home and away.

Liverpool have won at Old Trafford four times in a league campaign and gone on to lift the title – 1963-64, 1978-79, 1981-82 and in 1989-90 (the last time they lifted the trophy).

 

More Records in Sight

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 5, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the winning second goal, an injury time penalty, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A win today will see Liverpool equal Manchester City‘s Premier League record of 18 successive victories, which they set between August – December 2017.
It is the Reds best ever league run.

Liverpool are the first team ever to win their opening eight games of an English top-flight season twice, having also done so in 1990-91.

In total, the Reds have lost one of the last 47 league games and two of the last 54. They have taken 124 points from a last possible 141.

 

Joy on the Road

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - Thursday, September 26, 2019: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the only goal of the game during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have won their last eight away league games – extending their club record.

The Reds have conceded two goals in their four away league games this season and 11 in the last 19 on the road in the top-flight.

They have conceded more than one goal in only two of their last 22 away fixtures in the Premier League.

Liverpool are currently unbeaten in 12 away league games since the defeat across Manchester at the Etihad in January.

Should the Reds take all three points it will be the first time ever that they have won their first five away matches of a league season.

 

Chance to Break the Duck

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game with teammate Roberto Firmino

The Reds’ front-three have scored only one league goal between them in 16 Liverpool appearances against United.

That was Sadio Mane‘s goal at Anfield last season. Roberto Firmino has yet to score in eight in the top-flight.

While Salah has never scored for Liverpool against Manchester United in four appearances. Only against Swansea (two games) and Sheffield United (one appearance) has he also failed to score for the Reds in the league.

He has scored once in his career at Old Trafford. That came for Egypt against New Zealand in the 2012 Olympics in a 1-1 draw.

 

‘Ole’s at the Wheel’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 12, 2019: Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Solskjaer) before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Manchester United FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This will be the third time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced Liverpool as a manager.

Prior to this fixture last season he was in charge of Cardiff when they lost 6-3 in south Wales in March 2014.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they have accumulated 49 points from 29 Premier League games.

They have taken nine points from their opening eight games – their worst tally at this stage of a campaign since 1989.

They have suffered defeat in three of their last seven home league games after having lost three of the 52 prior to this sequence.

And since the start of last season Manchester United have been awarded 19 penalties this season in all competitions, including four this season.

 

Score First and Two and it’s Game Over

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Of the last 63 league games in which Liverpool have scored first they have won 54 and drawn nine. The last time they scored first and lost in the top-flight was to Crystal Palace (1-2) in April 2017.

In all competitions, that figure is 38 (35 wins, three draws) since losing to Chelsea in last season’s League Cup tie at Anfield.

Liverpool have scored more than once in 16 of the last 17 league games.

Whereas, Man United have scored more than one goal in a game just once this season in all competitions and not since the 4-0 opening weekend victory over Chelsea.

That run is stretched to once in 16 games since netting two against West Ham in April.

Solskjaer’s men, however, have conceded only nine goals in 11 games with five of those coming in the last seven.

United have never lost a Premier League game at Old Trafford when leading at half-time. In 281 games they have gone on to win 264 and draw 17.

 

Scorers This Season

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 5, 2019: Liverpool's James Milner (L) celebrates with team-mate Virgil van Dijk after scoring the winning second goal, an injury time penalty, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Mane 8, Salah 6, Firmino 3, Matip 2, Milner 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Hoever 1, Origi 1, Robertson 1, Van Dijk 1, Wijnaldum 1, own goals 2

Man United: James 3, Rashford 3, Greenwood 2, Martial 2, McTominay 1



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