On a stunning 45-game unbeaten home streak in the Premier League (PL), Liverpool will be confident they can increase their gap over title-chasing Manchester City to nine points, but have conceded in their last five league games at Anfield (W5), doing so in the first or last 15 minutes in the previous four.
The hosts have conceded the opener within ten minutes in two of their last three PL games here, and have now seen both teams score in eight straight competitive matches (at all venues). Action-packed, all eight of those games saw goals in both halves.
The city must leave Anfield with a result, and with an average of 3.0 goals scored per fixture across their five PL road trips (W4, L1), as well as netting in 16 consecutive away league games, they are more than capable of doing so.
Considering City has witnessed an average of 2.2 first-half match goals per PL road trip, an exciting first period could be on the cards, although that average reduces to 1.2 across the last five competitive H2Hs (at all venues). The final half-hour may be where the visitors really impress though, with City yet to concede a goal, whilst scoring seven themselves, during this period on their league travels.
Players to watch: Mohamed Salah scored the game-winning goal in Liverpool’s last PL home win, and their last top-flight H2H victory here – both times in the final half-hour.
Raheem Sterling netted the opener in the last H2H – he’s also scored the opener in four of the previous six City games that he’s scored in.
Stat attack: Four of Liverpool’s last six competitive home games have seen both teams score before half-time.
The opener’s been scored by the 25th minute in four of City’s five PL away games this season.
Four of the last six competitive H2Hs saw the first goal scored by the 15th minute.
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Referee: Oliver M. (Eng),
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)