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The Stats - chance to maintain impressive Stamford Bridge records

The build-up to the champions' visit is well underway, and here we look in detail at the key facts and figures that add extra layers to the big Chelsea versus Liverpool fixture this weekend...


Chelsea vs Liverpool head to head

Chelsea have won one of our last 11 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (five draws, five defeats), beating them 1-0 in May 2018 thanks to an Olivier Giroud goal.

Having won just one of their first 16 Premier League away games against Chelsea, Liverpool have won six of their last 12 at Stamford Bridge in the competition.

In all competitions, Chelsea have only failed to score in one of our last 23 meetings with Liverpool, a 0-2 defeat at Anfield in 2018/19.

Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge in the league in September for the third successive year.

Biggest win for each team

Chelsea 6-1 Liverpool 1937/38 Division One
Liverpool 6-0 Chelsea 1934/35 Division One
Liverpool’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 5-2 in 1989/90
 

Last season's corresponding fixture

CHELSEA 1 LIVERPOOL 2
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 22.09.19, 4.30pm

Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen (Zouma 42), Tomori, Emerson (Alonso 15); Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham (Batshuayi 76), Mount
Unused subs Caballero, Barkley, Pedro, Pulisic
Injured Hudson-Odoi, James, Loftus-Cheek, Rudiger, Gilmour.
Ill Giroud
Head coach Frank Lampard
Booked Tomori 20, Kovacic 84, Alonso 90+4
Scorer Kante 71

Liverpool (4-3-3) Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson (c) (Lallana 84), Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah (Gomez 90+2), Firmino, Mane (Milner 71)
Unused subs Kelleher, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Brewster
Manager Jurgen Klopp
Booked Alexander-Arnold 56, Fabinho 78, Milner 86
Scorers Alexander-Arnold 14, Firmino 30

Referee Michael Oliver
Attendance 40,638


Chelsea stats

Chelsea are seeking a seventh successive win at Stamford Bridge in all competitions since the defeat to Bayern Munich in February. We have kept five clean sheets in that run (including against Liverpool in the FA Cup) and conceded just a Kevin De Bruyne goal.

Chelsea will be aiming to keep four consecutive home clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since January 2018.

Chelsea are unbeaten in our past 13 home league games against the previous season’s Premier League champions, winning the last three.

The Blues have won 14 of our past 17 opening home games in the Premier League, losing only to Burnley in 2017.

Liverpool were one of the three sides to achieve the league double over Chelsea last season. West Ham and Manchester United were the others.

Reece James is the sixth player aged 21 or under to score a Premier League goal for Chelsea since the start of last season. The others are Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham.


Milestones

Jorginho's next appearance will be his 100th for the Blues in all competitions.

With the win at Brighton, Chelsea became only the third club to reach 2000 Premier League points, joining Manchester United (2234) and Arsenal (2014).

That game also saw our 600th win since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 as well as our 400th victory in the Premier League in that time.

Marcos Alonso made his 150th appearance for the Blues in all competitions at the Amex.

Liverpool stats

Last season
Premier League -  Winners
Champions League - Round of 16
FA Cup - Fifth round
League Cup - Quarter-final
Community Shield -  Runners-up
Super Cup - Winners
Club World Cup - Winners
Top scorer all competitions: Mohamed Salah 23

Last season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Alexander-Arnold 38, Firmino 38, Van Dijk 38
Most goals: Salah 19, Mane 18, Firmino 9
Most assists: Alexander-Arnold 13, Robertson 12, Salah 10
Most clean sheets: Alisson 13, Adrian 2

Although Jurgen Klopp’s side have won their last three Premier League games, they have conceded seven goals in those matches and nine goals in their past four league encounters.

The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in their past six league games.

Liverpool have scored all of their last 16 penalties in all competitions.

Liverpool last lost their first away Premier League game in 2014/15 against Man City (1-3), winning four and drawing one of the five since then.

The last reigning Premier League champions to lose their first away game in a season were Leicester in 2016/17 (1-2 against Hull).

Liverpool have lost their last two away Premier League games against ‘big six’ sides (Man City and Arsenal) – they last lost three consecutive such fixtures back in November 2010 (a run of four).

When the Reds defeated Leeds last weekend, they extended their unbeaten home Premier League run to 60 matches.

Leeds made 33 tackles against Liverpool, the most any team has made against Liverpool in a Premier League game over the past five seasons.

Mohamed Salah had nine goal attempts against Leeds last week, scoring from all three of his shots on target. This was the highest number of goal attempts by a Liverpool player since Philippe Coutinho had nine against Everton in April 2016.

Jurgen Klopp’s managerial record against Chelsea
Won 5
Drawn 5
Lost 3
 

Liverpool's last Premier League game

Saturday 12 September
Liverpool 4 Leeds United 3
Team 4-3-3: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold (Matip 89), Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita (Fabinho 58), Henderson (c) (Jones 66), Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Scorers: Salah 4 pen, 33, 88 pen, Van Dijk 20
Booked: Firmino

Premier League scorers
Salah 3 (1 pen), Van Dijk 1
 

Liverpool’s major summer transfer moves

INS
Kostas Tsimikas - Olympiacos

OUTS
Nathaniel Clyne - Released
Adam Lallana - Brighton
Dejan Lovren - Zenit St Petersburg

Discipline

There are no suspensions

In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one match suspension in the competition.

Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: None
Liverpool: Firmino 1

Referee and VAR

Referee: Paul Tierney
VAR: Michael Oliver

Paul Tierney’s last Chelsea game was our first after lockdown against Aston Villa at Villa Park. His other Blues games last season both came in October. He was the official for our 4-1 Premier League victory at Southampton and our 1-2 home defeat to Man Utd in the Carabao Cup.

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