Javier Mascherano is set to make his 100th Barclays Premier League appearance when Liverpool take on Manchester City at Eastlands tonight. Here’s the rest of the stats and figures.
League Record: (Head to head)
Overall: Liverpool 74 wins, Man City 37 wins, 37 draws.
At Man. City: Liverpool 29 wins, Man City 24 wins, 21 draws.
A victory today will give Liverpool their 2,000th in league history and their 350th in the Premier League.
Last season (February) the teams played out a goalless draw at the City of Manchester Stadium.
The Reds clean sheet that day ended City’s run of scoring in 21 successive league games at home – their longest run for 52 years.
It was the Reds seventh visit to Eastlands. They have won two, drawn four and lost one.
Three of the last four clashes in Manchester have produced goalless draws.
This fixture in Manchester has produced eight draws in the last 13 league meetings.
Five of the last seven Premier League meetings home and away have ended in draws.
Liverpool’s biggest league victory at City came in April 1982 when they won 5-0.
Liverpool have won three of the last 14 visits to City (with three defeats and eight draws), but have lost only one of the last 10.
The Reds have lost only two of the last 20 league meetings home and away between the two sides.
They are unbeaten in the last 10 league clashes and have kept seven clean sheets in the process.
Since the inception of the Premier League, Liverpool have won 12 of the 26 meetings, with City winning three.
The last Liverpool man to score a hat-trick against City was Michael Owen in September 2002 at Maine Road. That is the only occasion a Reds player has achieved the feat against City in Manchester.
Roy Hodgson won two and drew one of his three league visits to City as Fulham manager. Last season Fulham came from two goals down to draw while in the two seasons prior to that they won after coming from one and two goals downrespectively.
Martin Skrtel’s first goal for Liverpool came against City at Anfield last season.
It is seven years since Liverpool failed to win either of their opening two league games.
The Reds have won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League – a 4-0 win at Burnley in April.
Glen Johnson will celebrate his 26th birthday on the day of the game.
If fit and selected, Javier Mascherano will make his 100th Premier League appearance – the first five came while at West Ham.
Last season City finished above Liverpool in the league, the first time since 1991-92 (City finished 5th – one place above the Reds). It was the last season of the old “First Division”.
The only other time City ended a league campaign above Liverpool since the Reds return to the top-flight came in 1967-68 – when City last won the league.
Pablo Zabaleta was sent off against Liverpool on this ground two seasons ago while Emmanuel Adebayor and Patrick Vieira have both seen red against the Reds during their Arsenal days.
The last City hat-trick against Liverpool was scored at Anfield by Eric Brook in 1937 in his side’s 5-0 win.
City’s biggest home win over the Reds came in September 1935 when they won 6-0.
They have not won at home in the last five games against the Reds scoring only twice. Their last win came with a Kiki Musampa last minute goal in April 2005.
They have not beaten Liverpool at home by more than one goal since recording a 3-1 win at Maine Road in 1977-78.
Last season City lost three games at home – beaten by Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham during the last six weeks of the campaign.
Home and away they have won only one of their last six games in the top-flight.
City kicked off the 2010-11 Premier League season with a 0-0 draw at Tottenham last Saturday.
City’s goalless draw with Liverpool back in February is the only time since March 2008 the City faithful have failed to witness at least one goal in a home league game.
Leading scorers this season: (League in brackets)
Liverpool: Ngog 4 (1), Babel 1 (0), Gerrard 1 (0).
City: Balotelli 1 (0).