23 November 2007


All the relevant facts and figures ahead of Liverpool's Premier League visit to Newcastle United on Saturday from LFC statistician Ged Rea (liverpoolfc.tv)

Head to head: (League only) At Newcastle: Liverpool 20 wins, Newcastle 29 wins, 23 draws.
Overall: Liverpool 67 wins, Newcastle 40 wins, 37 draws.
Last season Newcastle won 2-1 at St. James' Park. Craig Bellamy scored an early goal against his old club before Obafemi Martins and a Nolberto Solano (penalty) secured the points for the Magpies.
It was the first (and still only) time Liverpool had lost a league game after they had scored the first goal since Rafa Benitez took charge.
The Reds had won 52 and drawn six of 58 games at the time. The tally is now 62 wins, nine draws and one defeat in 72 matches. Liverpool have won 15 and lost seven of the 28 Premier League meetings between the sides. Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 League visits.
That came in September 2001 when John Arne Riise and Danny Murphy scored in a 2-0 win. That is one of two Reds wins in the last eight visits.
Liverpool's biggest win at Newcastle came in October 1930 when they won 4-0. Their biggest defeat came in January 1934 when they lost 9-2.
The last goalless draw in this fixture came in February 1974.
Since then all 46 meetings have produced at least one goal. 86 goals have been scored in the 28 Premier League meetings between the sides - just over three per game.
The last Liverpool player to be sent off against Newcastle was Salif Diao on New Year's Day 2003.
The last Liverpool player to score a hat-trick against Newcastle was Michael Owen in May 2001 at Anfield. Only two Liverpool players have ever scored a hat-trick at St James' Park - Steve Nicol in September 1987 and Michael Owen in August 1998 - both in 4-1 Reds wins.
Dirk Kuyt scored his 150th career goal and his first in a Liverpool shirt against Newcasle in the fixture at Anfield last season.
If selected Momo Sissoko could make his 50th league appearance for the Reds.
Alvaro Arbeloa made his league debut on this ground last February.
Fernando Torres' three goals away from Anfield this season all came in one game at Reading in the Carling Cup.
Steven Gerrard has scored in five of Liverpool's last six games. He has now scored 81 goals for the club and is in joint 18th place in the all-time scoring charts. He is level with Jack Cox and also Terry McDermott who has been on the coaching staff at Newcastle for many years. Steven has scored six goals during this campaign, four more than at the same time last season.

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