Demba Ba’s record in five games vs Liverpool; should Reds worry?

Anfield Kop

The Besiktas forward has played against the Merseysiders five times over the years, scoring twice and creating one assist.

Liverpool take on Besiktas in the Europa League tonight, with the Reds likely to take on a familiar opponent in the Turkish side’s attack.

Ex-West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba is set to face the Merseyside club for the sixth time and will be one of the most dangerous players in Slaven Bilic’s side.

But, looking back at Ba’s record against Liverpool, should the Anfield faithful be worried about the Senegal international’s chances of derailing their European hopes?

Chelsea

Ba only featured once against Liverpool for the West London side, but it was a forgettable appearance for the Kop.

The African attacker capitalised on Steven Gerrard’s slip last April to give Chelsea the lead in a game the London side eventually won 2-0, which severely dented the hosts’ title ambitions.

Ba was also an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw between the sides in April 2013.

Newcastle

Ba faced the Reds three times for Newcastle, with contrasting fortunes for the striker.

His last outing against the Anfield side came in November 2012 in a 1-1 draw on Merseyside, where the African was replaced after 49 minutes by Sammy Ameobi.

He created an assist for one of Papiss Cisse’s goals in the Tyneside club’s 2-0 victory over the Reds in April 2012.

Finally, Ba drew blank in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle in December 2011, despite playing 90 minutes.

West Ham

Ba only played against Liverpool once in the colours of the Hammers, but played a considerable part in a 3-1 victory for West Ham back in February 2011.

The African attacker scored the London side’s second goal in the win and put in a memorable performance.

Verdict

Two goals and one assist in five games is not exactly scintillating form for Ba against Liverpool, but the Senegalese attacker has done enough to show that he has the ability to hurt the Reds tonight.

If Brendan Rodgers’ men are to win the clash with Besiktas they will need to keep a close eye on Ba, who is arguably the visitors’ biggest attacking threat.

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