Sadio Mane could ruin Steven Gerrard’s day against Liverpool’s favorite rival – Liverpool FC

Sadio ManeHis impeccable scoring record could be the key when Liverpool take on Steven Gerrard Aston Villa, as Jurgen Klopp and James Milner look into a landmark afternoon.

Mane has scored eight times in eight career appearances against Villa, scoring four in four games with the Red Devils.

He has scored in seven of his last nine appearances at Anfield.

Liverpool’s No 10 still holds the record for Premier Leaguefastest hat-trick ever, for Southampton against Aston Villa in May 2015, scoring three goals in two minutes and 56 seconds in a 6-1 win.

Gerrard’s Return

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 5, 2021: Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard (R) speaks to Matty Cash after the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Leicester City FC at Villa Park. Aston Villa won 2-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Gerrard returned to Anfield for the first time in a game since leaving Liverpool in 2015.

He has made 710 appearances for the Reds (504 in the league) with 120 of his 186 goals in the league.

Gerrard has faced Villa 27 times in his career, losing only five, including the last two encounters.

Only Robbie Fowler, with 14 goals, has scored more goals against Villa against Villa for Liverpool in all competitions than Gerrard, who has scored 13, while only Jamie Carragher (31) has played for the club more times against opponents than Gerrard 27 tables.

The 13 goals scored against Villa is Gerrard’s highest ever against a single club.

Favorite Rivals

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 10, 2021: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after scoring his second goal in the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Convert to three points to win, Liverpool have won more points than before Aston Villa in their history (310) than encounters with any other team in the league.

Everton followed by 305.

They have also scored more goals in tournament history (331) against Villa than any other team.

However, only People unite (12) and Chelsea (7) of all the away teams have won more at Anfield than Villa in Premier League (six) though Arsenal also won six.

Villa have won three of their last nine league visits, with Gerrard being on the Liverpool team each time.

Klopp’s Milestone

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, 20 November 2021: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

A win would see Klopp break the 500-point mark as a manager Premier League. Victory at Wolf takes him to 498 points.

If Liverpool score, they will equal the club’s record of scoring in 31 consecutive games in all competitions set previously between April 1957 and January 1958.

They last failed to score in a home draw against Real Madrid in April.

Milner climbs the leaderboard

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 18, 2021: James Milner of Liverpool during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. Liverpool won with a score of 3-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

If Milner shows up, he’ll go straight to fourth place on Premier Leaguethe list appears all the time.

This will be his 573rd – better only than Gareth Barry (653), Ryan Giggs (632) and Frank Lampard (609).

Milner played 126 times for Villa in leagues and cups between 2008 and 2010, then was loaned to the club for the 2005/06 season. He scored 22 goals.

He scored his first Liverpool goal against Villa in September 2015.

Supersub Origi

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 4, 2021: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates after scoring the winning goal in injury time during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at the Stadium Molineux movement. Liverpool won with a score of 1-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Divock Origi came on from the bench to score the winner at Wolf a week ago, in his 100th substitute appearance for the club, and in doing so became the highest scoring Liverpool sub in league history.

Both he and Daniel Sturridge there are 10.

Origi’s goal was the 39th in Premier League The era in which the Reds scored the decisive goal in the 90th minute or later.

Rare

This will be the first time since May 2007 that Liverpool will start at 3pm in Premier League for a third consecutive Saturday.

Liverpool on form

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Liverpool's Diogo Jota (hidden) celebrates with teammates after scoring the fourth goal in the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, Derby match 239th Merseyside, at Goodison Park. Liverpool won 4-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Liverpool have now scored in each of their 25 matches since a 0-1 loss to Fulham at Anfield last March.

In their last 20 matches, the Red Devils have scored 60 times.

Since the loss at West Ham Last month, they won 6 consecutive matches in all competitions, conceding only 2 times while scoring 17 goals.

Referee today

Stuart Attwell took over at Villa this season in their 0-3 loss at Chelsea and in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Brentford.

He saw Anwar El Ghazi off at Leeds in 2019.

This season’s scorer

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, 20 November 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his third goal in the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah 20, Jota 9, Mane 9, Firmino 6, Origi 5, Minamino 4, Keita 3, Henderson 3, Thiago 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Fabinho 1, Jones 1, Van Dijk 1, own goal 1

Aston Villa: Archer 4, Watkins 4, El Ghazi 3, Ings 3, McGinn 3, Konsa 2, Bailey 1, Buendia 1, Cash 1, Hause 1, Guilbert 1, Mings 1, J.Ramsey 1, Targett 1, own goal 1


*Stats compiled by LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ ged0407).

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