A selection of the best facts and stats ahead of Liverpool’s hosting of Southampton on Sunday…
We’ve again been busy trawling the Internet to find you loads of interesting facts and stats, this time in relation to the weekend clash between Liverpool and Southampton.
Here’s what caught our eye:
? Liverpool and Southampton have contested 99 matches during their respective histories. Liverpool have the upper hand with 50 wins compared to 27 defeats and 22 draws. The Reds have scored 147 goals in total compared to 103 by Southampton. Source: LFC Stats
? Liverpool have won the last three meetings between the sides and the only goal they’ve conceded was scored by Nathaniel Clyne on the opening day of last season. Clyne now plays for Liverpool.
? Liverpool and Southampton both have 13 points from their opening nine Premier League fixtures (W3 D4 L2). The Saints are two places above Liverpool in 8th though due to their superior goal difference (+3 vs. -2).
? The hosts are unbeaten in their last eight outings in all competitions but they have only beaten Aston Villa outright in 90 minutes during that time (penalties were needed to beat Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup).
? The 3-2 victory over Villa was the last win under former manager Brendan Rodgers and the only time Liverpool have scored more than once in the league this season.
? Only West Bromwich Albion (seven) and Watford (six) have scored fewer top flight league goals this term than Liverpool’s tally of eight heading into this weekend.
? Thankfully they’ve generally been better at the other end and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has kept 13 clean sheets in the Premier League during 2015 so far, more than any other goalkeeper.
? Southampton are unbeaten on their travels in this season’s Premier League and defeated reigning champions Chelsea 3-1 in their last away fixture (W1, D3).
? Ronald Koeman’s team have attempted more open play crosses (171) and more headed shots (32) than any other Premier League side this season.
? Striker Graziano Pelle has been key to that approach but only three of his 17 Premier League goals have come away from home.
2015-16 Premier League Form
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