LIVERPOOL VS CHELSEA: 17 KEY STATS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Ahead of our Premier League clash with rivals Liverpool, here are key stats you should know.

1. Chelsea have scored in each of the past 11 Premier League games against Liverpool.

2. Liverpool have scored the most goals in the Premier League this season (51) while Chelsea have conceded the least goals (15).

3. Diego Costa’s stoppage-time strike against Hull City, measured at 51 minutes and 35 seconds, is the latest first-half goal since Opta began recording exact times in 2006/07.

4. Diego Costa is the joint-leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 15 goals.

5. Thibaut Courtois has kept the most clean-sheets in the Premier League this season (13 clean sheets).

6. This will be the 70th competitive meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League era; the most played fixture between two professional English clubs in this period.

7. Liverpool will be looking to defeat Chelsea both home and away in the same Premier League season for the first time since 2011-12.

8. Chelsea are 25 points better off against last season’s comparative results, with 30 more points accrued than at the same stage in 2015/16.

9. Chelsea will be looking for their 50th league victory against Liverpool in this match – a tally they have only achieved against eight opponents in their league history.

10. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four Premier League trips to Anfield (W2 D2 L0), last losing there in May 2012.

11. Of players to have made 20+ Premier League appearances, Diego Costa has scored in the highest proportion of games (55.4% – 41/74).

12. Costa has scored in 15 of his last 21 Premier League matches (16 goals in total).

13.  Based on three points for a win, only four teams have accumulated more points from their opening 22 games of a season than Chelsea (55, this season) in top-flight history. Preston North End (1888-89), Tottenham Hotspur (1960-61), Liverpool (1987-88) and Chelsea (2005-06). All four of these teams won the league.

14.  Antonio Conte has taken just 22 games to pick up 55 points in the Premier League; a joint-record with Jose Mourinho for the highest points tally after this number of games. In comparison, it took Jurgen Klopp 34 PL games to reach 55 points.

15. Jurgen Klopp has lost just one of his 14 Premier League meetings with the other ‘big six’ teams (Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal). He’s won six and drawn seven of these matches.

16. Liverpool have picked up one point in the three Premier League games that Sadio Mané has missed this season (W0 D1 L2). The Senegalese forward has been involved in 13 goals for the Reds in the league this season (nine goals, four assists).

17.  Since Antonio Conte switched to 3-4-3 following successive league defeats to the Reds and Gunners, the leaders have set a scorching pace, winning 15 of 16 Premier League matches.

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