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Sunday, 22 February 2015
Stats: Daniel set for 50th LFC league game
Sturridge is set to play his 50th Barclays Premier League game for
Liverpool when they face Southampton today. Here are all the stats and
facts ahead of the trip to St Mary's Stadium, courtesy of club statto
Sturridge currently has 33 goals. Should he find the net he will have
scored more goals in that period than any Reds player in the last 58
years. His last goal in a league game in which he started came against the Saints at Anfield in August.
This fixture last season produced a 3-0 victory for
Liverpool. Luis Suarez opened the scoring early in the first half,
Raheem Sterling found the net within a minute of coming on as a
substitute just before the hour-mark and Steven Gerrard converted a
95th-minute penalty. That win at St. Mary's ended a run of three successive league
defeats at the ground. It was Liverpool's biggest ever victory at
There has never been a goalless draw in the 39
league meetings at Southampton. Two goalless draws out of the total
amount of 79 league meetings between the clubs both came at Anfield,
with the last arriving in May 2000. The Reds have won two of the last eight visits to Southampton.
They are looking to record a third successive league win over the Saints for the first time since 1995.
Rickie Lambert is looking to maintain his record of scoring
against every one of his former clubs, having found the net against
Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers.
He played 235 games for the Saints, scoring 117
goals in all competitions. Lambert played four times against Liverpool
with his only goal coming in a 3-1 home win at St Mary's in March 2013.
He won two and lost two of those meetings. Adam Lallana played 265 times for Saints in league and cup scoring 60 times.
Dejan Lovren made 31 appearances for Southampton in his only season at St Mary's - netting twice.
Mario Balotelli now has four goals for Liverpool - with each
of them coming in different competitions - league, League Cup, Champions
League and Europa League.
The Reds have kept five clean sheets away from home in the league this season - one more than in the whole of 2013-14. In the league, Liverpool have taken 21 points out of a
possible 27 in an unbeaten run of nine games (six wins and three draws) -
the longest current unbeaten run of any top-flight side.
They have not conceded a goal in their last four
league games on the road - their best run since 2008, which took in the
final away fixture of 2007-08 and the first three of the following
season. The last time they had five successive away league shut-outs was in May 1985.
Since going through a sticky spell in late November
and early December, when they lost four in a row, Southampton have
returned to good form, losing just one of nine top-flight games - that
to a late Swansea goal from Jonjo Shelvey at St Mary's. Saints' biggest home victories against Liverpool saw them win 4-1 in August 1960 and October 1989.
The South Coast club have been in the top-four since Boxing Day and earlier in the campaign they were second. Saints have lost three times at home this season in the
league - to Manchester City, Manchester United and Swansea as well as to
Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.