A look at Liverpool's record in December

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring his sides fifth goal with Luis Suarez

We take a look at how Liverpool have fared over the last five festive periods.

2011

W 3 D 2 L 1

Start of month: 6th End of month: 6th

Liverpool’s run of six successive away wins was ended, as they started the month with a 1-0 defeat to Fulham. Jay Spearing saw red for a tackle on Mousa Dembele, before Clint Dempsey bundled home the winner.

The Reds recovered to go the rest of the month unbeaten; starting with wins over Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.

Charlie Adam’s penalty miss at Wigan meant Liverpool only came away with a point against the relegation-threatened side. There was more frustration on Boxing Day, as Adam’s own-goal gifted Blackburn Rovers a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Goals from Steven Gerrard and Craig Bellamy helped Liverpool overcome Newcastle United to finish the month on a high.

2012

W 4 D 0 L 2

Start of month: 12th End of month: 9th

Brendan Rodgers’ side kicked off their December with wins over Southampton and West Ham.

Christian Benteke put an abrupt end to this run, scoring two goals for Aston Villa to hand his team a 3-1 win at Anfield.

Liverpool bounced back with a four-goal demolition of Fulham, courtesy of Martin Skrtel, Gerrard, Stewart Downing and Luis Suarez. However, the Reds’ inconsistent form continued when Stoke came from a goal behind to comfortably win at the Britannia.

A brace from Luis Suarez against QPR ensured Liverpool would enter the New Year on the back of a win.

2013

W 4 D L 3

Start of month: 2nd End of month: 5th

A busier than usual December began with Liverpool’s first-ever defeat to Hull City. Brendan Rodgers’ men responded with emphatic wins over Norwich, West Ham, Tottenham and Cardiff - scoring 17 goals in the process.

The festive period didn’t end as well for Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho scored the opener at The Eithad, but Manchester City came back in style to claim all three points. It was the same story at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea fought back from a goal behind to hand Liverpool another defeat.

2014

W 3 D 2 L 1

Start of month: 11th End of month: 8th

Goals from Adam Lallana, Gerrard and Jordan Henderson helped Liverpool start the month with a 3-1 win over bottom club Leicester City. Four days later, the Reds didn’t enjoy the same luck in front of goal against a resolute Sunderland side, as Guy Poyet’s men held out for a goalless draw.

Manchester United put three past Brad Jones – who was in for the out-of-form Simon Mignolet - to deliver another blow to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Martin Skrtel’s 97th minute equaliser against Arsenal gave Liverpool a much needed lift for the rest of the month. That late point was followed up by wins over Burnley and Swansea in their final two games of December.

2015

W 2 D 1 L 2

Start of month: 9th End of month: 7th

Jurgen Klopp’s first December in charge of Liverpool didn’t all go to plan.

Liverpool’s excellent run of form was ended with defeat at struggling Newcastle - who had only won twice all season. This was followed up with a frustrating 2-2 draw at home to West Brom.

Things only got worse for Liverpool as Odion Ighalo’s double saw Watford record a 3-0 win over the Reds at Vicarage Road.

Liverpool did recover after Christmas with wins over high-flying Leicester and relegation-strugglers Sunderland.

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