Saturday, March 22, 2008

Football Sunday

Here are all the pre-match stats and facts ahead of LFC's trip to face Manchester United this weekend.

# This is the 150th league meeting between the sides and Liverpool go into this match looking for their 50th win.

# It is a clash between Liverpool who have won each of the last five league games and United who have taken maximum points from their last four.

# Earlier this season United won 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a 43rd minute goal from Carlos Tevez. It was their sixth successive league game against the Reds on Merseyside without defeat.

# Last season at Old Trafford Liverpool lost 2-0 with goals from Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand (for the second successive time in this fixture) deciding the game. It was Scholes'500th United appearance.

# The Reds only success against United under Rafa Benitez came in the F.A.Cup in 2006 when Peter Crouch scored the only game. Rafa's league record against Liverpool's fierce North West rivals is drawn one and lost six.

# In that time Liverpool's only goal has come courtesy of a John O'Shea own goal.

# There has been only one goalless draw between the sides in the Premiership. That came at Anfield in September 2005.

# In the Premiership Liverpool have won seven and United 17 of the 31 meetings.

# Peter Beardsley for Liverpool in September 1990 and Stan Pearson for United in September 1946 have scored the last hat-tricks for each club in the fixture.
# The last Liverpool player to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford was Fred Howe in November 1936.

# Liverpool's biggest win at Old Trafford came in November 1936 when they beat United 5-2.

# Liverpool have not scored more than one goal in a League game at Old Trafford in their last 11 visits scoring only six goals in that time.

# Harry Kewell, at Anfield back in November 2003, is the last Liverpool player to score a league goal against United in open play.

# The Reds have won three times in the last seven visits to Old Trafford but have lost each of the last three. Those victories are their only successes at United in the last 16 visits.

# They have won just 14 times on this ground in the league in 112 years.

# Their last victory here came in April 2004 when Danny Murphy, for the third time in his Reds career, scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford. Of the squad that day only Carragher, Hyypia, Riise, Finnan, Gerrard and Kewell remain at Anfield.

# Murphy is the only Liverpool player to have scored in this fixture in the last seven visits since Patrik Berger scored in a 1-1 draw in March 2000.

# Liverpool have not won by more that one goal at Old Trafford since December 1978 when they won 3-0 thanks to goals from Ray Kennedy, Jimmy Case and David Fairclough.

# Sami Hyypia scored his first Liverpool goal against United at Anfield in 1999.

# John Arne Riise made his Liverpool debut against Manchester United in the 2001 Charity Shield.

# The last Liverpool player sent off in this fixture was Sami Hyypia in April 2003.

# Steven Gerrard's only league goal against United was a screamer at Anfield in a 2-0 win in March 2001.

# He is one goal away from recording 20 in a season for the second time in his Liverpool career.

# Fernando Torres has scored nine goals in his last six games for the Reds.

# Just two of his 20 league goals this season have came away from Anfield. His first came at Derby on Boxing Day and his last was scored at the Riverside against Middlesbrough.

# Liverpool's next goal will be their 100th in all competitions this season.

# Javier Mascherano became the 15th different Liverpool player to score this season last weekend.

# Jose Reina will break a club record if he prevents United from scoring. He will keep his 54th clean sheet in his 99th league appearance. Ray Clemence kept the most (53) of all keepers to have played 100 league games for the club.

# Liverpool were the last team before Arsenal and Manchester United to head the Premier League. The Reds led the table for two weeks in September.

# Liverpool are two goals short of recording 400 away from home in the Premiership.

# Alex Ferguson takes charge of United against Liverpool for the 51st time as manager at Old Trafford.

# Last weekend United went top of the league for the 7th time.

# They have drawn just four games in the league this season. Only Reading have drawn as few. United have lost four Premiership games-one more than Liverpool.

# Only Manchester City (twice), Bolton and West Ham have beaten United in the league.

# United have kept 18 clean sheets this season in the league- one more than Chelsea. Liverpool have kept 14.

# They have scored 15 goals in the last ten minutes of league games during this campaign with seven of those coming in stoppage time.

# United have scored most goals (61) and conceded fewest (15).

# They have conceded just five of those goals at Old Trafford with only Manchester City scoring more than once.

# Cristiano Ronaldo is the only United player to score in their last four games.

# Paul Scholes, at Anfield in March 2007, is the last United player to be sent off in the meetings between the teams.

# United have lost just one of the last 11 league games against Liverpool.

# Last season Ryan Giggs won his ninth league winners medal which saw him break the previous record of eight shared by Phil Neal and Alan Hansen.

# This is Giggs' 18th season in the top-flight and he has scored in every one.

# Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano started only three games together during their time at West Ham last season.

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