A selection of the best facts, figures and statistics ahead of Liverpool’s final 2016/17 Premier League fixture against Middlesbrough…
As usual ahead of a game involving Liverpool FC, we’ve been busy trawling the records to bring you all the facts, figures and statistics you need to know.
The Reds head into the final day knowing if they match or better Arsenal’s result at home to Everton they are guaranteed a Champions League berth for only a second time in the last eight seasons.
If Manchester City slip-up against Watford, Jürgen Klopp‘s side could even still snatch third and thus avoid a potentially tricky play-off in August.
Here’s what caught our eye:
? Liverpool and Middlesbrough have contested 146 competitive matches during their respective histories with Liverpool leading overall courtesy of 65 wins to 42 defeats and 39 draws (source: 11v11.com).
? Liverpool have lost just one of the past 11 league and cup meetings dating back to 2005 (W6, D4).
? That defeat was at the Riverside in 2009 with their last reversal at home coming way back in March 1976. Boro have made 26 winless trips to Anfield in league and cup since.
? In league terms, Liverpool are unbeaten against Middlesbrough in the last 21 games staged in L4 (W15, D6); only against Stoke City (32), Nottingham Forest (23) and Notts County (22) are the Reds currently on a longer unbeaten home league run.
? 14 of those matches have been in the Premier League era with only Sunderland (16) enduring a longer winless run at Anfield in modern times.
? Liverpool have scored at least two goals in the last five contests they’ve staged, winning the four league matches in a row and keeping two clean sheets.
? The Merseysiders have won eight of their 10 Premier League final day games at Anfield (D2), amassing 26 points from a possible 30 and scoring 27 goals.
? By contrast, Boro have lost five of their last six top-flight away trips on the final day (D1), although they did record a victory on Merseyside at the culmination of the 1999/00 season via a 2-0 win at Everton.
? Even a shock victory on Sunday won’t prevent Steve Agnew’s men from amassing their lowest number of wins in a Premier League campaign (they have five at present with their previous lowest being seven in 2008/09).
? Goalscoring has been Boro’s biggest problem with the club having attempted the fewest shots in total (342) and shots on target (97) in the Premier League this season.
? All six of Liverpool’s 2016/17 Premier League defeats have come against sides currently outside the top seven, with their two home defeats inflicted by 17th placed Swansea City and 13th placed Crystal Palace.
16/17 Premier League Form
last six matches
Liverpool (4th): WWLWDW
Middlesbrough (19th): LLWDLL
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