Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield on Saturday, still unbeaten since August.
Despite last week’s goalless draw at Southampton, Jurgen Klopp’s side are flying high at the moment and sit one behind Premier League leaders Chelsea with 27 points from 12 games.
Their opponents, meanhwhile, appear to have finally stumbled upon a bit of form themselves. Having made officially the worst start of any side in Premier League history, David Moyes’ Sunderland have won their last two matches and have lifted themselves off the bottom of the table.
Overall season form would put Liverpool as strong favourites for Saturday’s game. Not just form, however, as history suggests that the odds of Sunderland (and their manager) claiming three points at Anfield are pretty low.
Sunderland Record vs. Liverpool at Anfield:
- Sunderland have played against Liverpool at Anfield 80 times – winning 18, drawing 22 and losing 40.
- Their last victory at Anfield came in October 1983, earning a 1-0 win against the side who would end the season as First Division, European Cup and League cup winners. (In fact the last time Sunderland won at Anfield, only one member of Liverpool’s squad – third choice goalkeeper Alex Manninger – had even been born.)
- Their Premier League record against Liverpool shows that they draw at Anfield more times than they have been beaten – 15 games, 8 draws, 7 defeats.
- In that time they have scored just eight goals, including two last year as they came from 2-0 down to claim a late point.
History (and current status in the league) suggests that Sunderland will come to Anfield and play for a draw, especially when Sunderland’s habit of claiming draws at the ground is combined with Moyes’. His record of playing away against Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United while at Everton was infamously poor, and it was a tide he was unable to turn when he succeeded Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
David Moyes Record vs. Liverpool at Anfield (with Everton & Manchester United):
- Moyes made twelve trips to Anfield in the league with his two sides, but failed to leave with three points on any of those occasions.
- He did, however, have a decent record of drawing at his rivals’ ground. In those twelve games his sides left with a point five times, tasting defeat in the other seven.
- In that time, his Everton team scored four goals, conceding fourteen (Man United didn’t score at Anfield under him).
- The last time Moyes visited Anfield was as Man United manager, where a Daniel Sturridge header proved to be the only goal in a 1-0 for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
- Indeed, of Moyes’ last five matches at Anfield, he has drawn two and lost three.
Moyes has already promised to “park the double-decker bus” against a side that has scored thirty in the first third of the season. For Klopp and Liverpool, it could either be a very productive afternoon or a very frustrating one.