After a fantastic performance by Liverpool at Anfield, I thought it was worth collating a few of the amazing statistics from a fabulous night.
In no particular order…
- This was Liverpool’s biggest win against the Blues since Ian Rush’s four goal-blitz in 1982.
- The Reds had more shots on target (six) in the opening twenty minutes than they managed in the whole of the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park earlier in the season.
- In the whole match Liverpool had nine shots on target. Their league record since the start of 2008/09 when having nine on target is now won fifteen and drawn three, with no defeats.
- Sturridge and Suárez now have twenty-two goals between them in their last thirteen appearances together for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
- The ‘SaS’ have a total of thirty-one in twenty-three matches together overall.
- Steven Gerrard scored his first goal excluding penalties and free-kicks since the match away at Manchester City in 2012/13.
- The Reds have scored forty-nine goals in total when they’ve had Suarez and Sturridge on the pitch together, at a rate of one every thirty-five minutes.
- Liverpool have never lost the second derby in a Premier League season before, and they ensured that record was safe inside the first half.
- Everton had only conceded eleven goals in their first eleven away league games this season, but Liverpool bagged three inside the first thirty-five minutes.
- Daniel Sturridge is only the second player to score a brace before half-time in a Premier League Merseyside derby, after Robbie Fowler did so on 3rd April 1999.
- Liverpool became the first club to score three goals in the first half of a Merseyside derby in the Premier League era.
- The Reds have now scored for thirteen league games in a row – they’ve only had better runs in two of the last twenty-one seasons.
- Liverpool have now scored fifty-seven league goals in 2013/14 – more than in four of the last fourteen full seasons already.
- Daniel Sturridge now has twenty-seven goals and six assists in just thirty-four appearances for the Reds. A truly phenomenal record:
- Liverpool now have fifteen league goals from set pieces this season, which is more than any other team in the top flight.
- The Reds have now scored four-or-more goals thirteen times in the league under Brendan Rodgers; as many as in the preceding four seasons combined.
- Everton have conceded four league goals from set pieces this season. All of them have been against Liverpool!
- Everton also conceded four league goals in a game for the first time since April 2012.
- Luis Suárez scored and assisted a goal in the same match for the tenth time in his 117 appearances for the Reds. Here are the games he has done this in:
- Liverpool are now averaging 2.48 goals per league game, which equates to ninety-four across a whole season! The club have never scored more per game in any of their previous ninety-eight full seasons in the top flight.
- The Reds have only had more than forty-six points after twenty-three games once in the previous twenty-one years of the Premier League.
- Brendan Rodgers’ team have now won twelve more points than they got from their corresponding fixtures from last season. This means they are due to finish on seventy-three points, and no team has ever finished below fourth place with that many points before.
All in all, a pretty good night!
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