Stats Preview: Steven Gerrard could prove key as Liverpool take on Sunderland

Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. Here we bring you the most important Opta Stats from the match.

1 - Liverpool have won five and lost just one of the last nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland. Meanwhile, The Black Cats have won none of their last 15 league trips to Anfield (W0 D7 L8).

2 - No Liverpool player has created more chances (32) or assisted more goals (4) than Raheem Sterling in the Premier League this season.

The 19-year-old has also attempted the fourth-most take-ons in the entire to flight, behind only Eden Hazard, Yannick Bolasie and Jefferson Montero. 

Eden Hazard Chelsea 108 14
Yannick Bolasie C. Palace 84 14
Jefferson Montero Swansea 80 14
Raheem Sterling Liverpool 74 14

3 - Liverpool are looking to win three league games in a row for the first time since their unlikely spell of 11 successive wins earlier in the year.

Sunderland have experienced mixed fortunes of late, they fell to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City midweek, following a goalless draw with league leaders Chelsea.

4 - No English player has scored more top-flight goals in 2014 than Steven Gerrard (13; level with Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge). The Liverpool captain has scored one and assisted three more in his last three league encounters against Sunderland.

  TeamGoalsTotal Shots/ AppShot Conversion (%)Apps
Steven Gerrard Liverpool 3 1.29 17% 14

5 - Liverpool’s players have made 20 errors leading directly to a goal or attempt this season, more than any other side. Sunderland have made just eight mistakes at the back. 

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