Saturday’s meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea will be an important milestone for Jurgen Klopp as the Reds hope to record their first Premier League win in 2023.
This will be the 1000th match in Jurgen Klopp’s coaching career.
Of his first 999, he won 548. This will be his 411th match for the Reds in addition to 270 at Mainz and 319 at Borussia Dortmund.
The player who played the most matches in Klopp’s first 999 games is Roberto Firmino, who played 341 matches.
While the player with the most goals is Mohamed Salah, who scored 173 goals.
Liverpool’s next goal will be Klopp’s 850th in all competitions.
Reds want to avoid 70-year record
Liverpool were defeated in the first two league matches of the calendar year for the first time since 1993. They haven’t lost the first three matches since 1953.
The Reds have won all 12 games this season in all competitions, scoring the first goal of the game.
In the Premier League, they have won all of their last 18 matches, scoring the first goal after a 2-2 draw with Chelsea just over a year ago.
Liverpool are one of two teams yet to receive a penalty in the Premier League this season, the other being Bournemouth.
The last time the Reds got the highest penalty was in April 2022, when Fabinho scored from the spot in a 2-0 home win over Watford.
Salah enjoys playing with Chelsea…
Salah is aiming to become the first Reds player since Jan Rush in October 1990 to score against the Blues in three consecutive meetings.
The Egyptian has played for Chelsea 19 times, scoring twice. Both goals and 13 matches came in the Premier League.
Harvey Elliott’s next appearance will be his 50th appearance for the club in the league and cup. He is the only Liverpool player to have played in all 29 of Liverpool’s matches this season.
Chelsea are the only team against which Trent Alexander—Arnold scored in more than one game – in September 2019 (2-1) and in the second leg at Anfield (5-3) in July 2020.
Alisson at Stamford Bridge in September 2020 deflected a penalty from Jorginho in the 75th minute. It was Alisson’s first penalty at Liverpool and Jorginho’s first miss in the Premier League.
Last season, Liverpool and Chelsea played each other four times, and both meetings in the league ended in a draw. They also met in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals at Wembley, where Liverpool won both on penalties after a goalless draw.
Never before in history have there been three draws in a row between the clubs.
Four of the last seven league meetings at Anfield have ended inconclusively.
In the Premier League, the Reds have won 23 of 60 meetings, Chelsea have won 21. At Anfield, Liverpool have won 15, drawn eight and lost seven.
Only once out of 79 league meetings was a goalless draw — at Anfield in October 1971.
Chelsea want to raise a hundred at Anfield
The Blues’ next goal will be their hundredth at Anfield in all competitions. They have failed to score in just one of their last 11 league visits.
They have lost seven league games this season — one more than in the whole of last season.
On the road this season they have conceded 14 times on the road in the top division. For the entire 2021/22 season, they missed 11.
Chelsea have won two of their last 12 national championships and cup matches – a 2-0 home win over Bournemouth a couple of days after Christmas and a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last Sunday.
The Londoners have not lost in six away matches in a row in all tournaments for the first time since September-November 2015 under the leadership of Jose Mourinho.
The Blues have not won any of their seven league matches this season against teams above them in the table, drawing three and losing four.
Graham Potter has met Liverpool as a coach a total of six times, winning once. The only victory came at an empty Anfield in 2021.
Michael Oliver will lead the match between these teams for the sixth time in his career.
Of the previous five, the Reds won two, drew two and lost one.
Goals this season
Liverpool: Salah, 17, Nunez, 10, Firmino, 9, Diaz, 4, Elliott, 4, Alexander-Arnold, 3, Carvalho, 3, Van Dijk, 2, Baysetic, 1, Matip, 1, Oxlade-Chamberlain, 1
Chelsea: Havertz, 6, Sterling, 6, Aubameyang, 3, Jorginho, 3, Mount, 3, James, 2, Coulibaly, 2, Broha, 1, Chilwell, 1, Fofana, 1, Gallagher, 1, Kovacic, 1, Pulisic, 1, Zakaria, 1