22 February 2008

LFC vs Boro 11pm 23 Feb 2008

Liverpool resume Premier League action and look for the victory that will see them return to the top four on the full time whistle, after contrasting fortunes in the FA Cup and Champions League.
Middlesbrough are unbeaten in eight league and cup games. If they can extend that here, it will make it their best run under Gareth Southgate.
Liverpool are the Premier League's draw specialists with 11 of their 25 matches inconclusive (44%). Five of those have been goalless; only Portsmouth have also recorded five no score draws in this league.
The Teessiders have lost as many Premier League matches as Liverpool have won (11).
Liverpool have not been beaten in six Premier League clashes with Middlesbrough.
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 4th Lowest could realistically fall: 5th
All statistics and sequences refer to the Premier League only, unless otherwise stated.
1. Gained one win in seven; 3-0 against Sunderland in their most recent home fixture on 2 February.
2. Drawn five of the last seven.
3. Lost three times; only Arsenal have been beaten less frequently (just once).
4. Conceded 17 goals; only Manchester United have shipped fewer (14). Also, allowed the opposition to score first in five games; the joint best with United.
5. Leaked one goal every 132 minutes (two hours 12 minutes). Only Manchester United (167 minutes) and Chelsea (138 minutes) have a better average.
6. Kept 12 clean sheets; only Manchester United and Chelsea have managed more shut-outs (15 each).
7. Not lost in four home games. Manchester United is the only club to have left Anfield with three points this season. Indeed, the 0-1 defeat to the Red Devils on 16 December is their only reverse in 16 home matches over 11 months.
8. Shown 33 yellow cards; only Everton have a better disciplinary record with 30 cards (27 yellow, three red). 9. Lost only one of their last 15 against north-east clubs; the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on 10 February, since when they have picked up 13 points out of the last 15 available against clubs from the region.
10. A trip to Bolton and home match against West Ham follow, before another clash with north-east opposition, home to Newcastle. Reading then visit Anfield before three massive matches; away to Manchester United, home to Everton in the Merseyside derby and away to Arsenal.

Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's matches: 12th Lowest could fall: 14th
All statistics and sequences refer to the Premier League only, unless otherwise stated.
1. Undefeated in eight (all competitions); won four and drawn four since a 0-2 home defeat to Everton on New Years Day.
2. Unbeaten in five; won two and drawn three, since the loss to the Toffees on 1 January.
3. Aiming to complete back-to-back wins for the first time in nine.
4. Own the second weakest attack with 23 goals scored, at one every 102 minutes (one hour 42 minutes on average). Only Derby, with 13 goals, have netted fewer.
5. Picked up more yellow cards competition than any other club (55); no reds.
6. Won 19 of their 64 under Gareth Southgate.
7. Gained one win from their last 11 against the 'Big Four'; the 2-1 home victory over Arsenal on 9 December 2007.
8. Yet to win in the north-west this season.
9. Only returned from Fulham, Derby and Portsmouth with maximum points; drawn four of the last seven on the road.
10. Fixtures in March involve a home game with Reading and a visit to Aston Villa. Then contrasting games, away to Arsenal and home to Derby, before ending the month at Chelsea. The FA Cup fifth round replay with Sheffield United will also be fitted in during the month.

Fernando TORRES is Liverpool's top scorer with 18 goals, and their leading marksman in the Premier League with 12.
Goalkeeper Jose REINA is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of Liverpool's Premier League matches this season.
If selected:-
Jamie CARRAGHER will be making his 350th career league appearance - all for Liverpool in the Premier League.

Stewart DOWNING is Middlesbrough's top scorer with five goals.
DOWNING and TUNCAY Sanli are the clubs' joint top Premier League marksmen, with four each.
DOWNING is the only remaining player to have started every one of Middlesbrough's Premier League matches this season.

If selected:-
MIDO will be playing on his 25th birthday.
If on the field from the outset:-
DOWNING will be making his 150th start in Middlesbrough colours.

Liverpool maintained their unbeaten home Premier League record against Middlesbrough with a 2-0 victory in this corresponding fixture last season. Two goals in seven second half minutes from Steven Gerrard settled the issue and kept the Merseysiders on course for Champions League football.
'Boro have not won a league game at Anfield since 6 March 1976, when England defender Terry Cooper and forward John Hickton scored in a 0-2 victory.
The Riversiders have scored only one goal in five Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
Home and awayLeague (inc PL): Liverpool 55 wins, Middlesbro 37, Draws 39Prem: Liverpool 11 wins, Middlesbrough 5, Draws 9
at Liverpool onlyLeague (inc PL): Liverpool 35 wins, Middlesbro 13, Draws 17Prem: Liverpool 8 wins, Middlesbrough 0, Draws 4

Liverpool 2-0 Middlesbrough 18 April 2007 - Ref: Graham PollLiverpool scorers: Gerrard 58, 65 pen

Middlesbrough 1-1 Liverpool 12 January 2008 - Ref: Andre Marriner Middlesbrough scorer: Boateng 26 Liverpool scorer: Torres 71

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